Burger and Williams retire from cricket

23 Feb 2018 18:30pm
REHOBOTH, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – Two of Namibia’s most experienced and prominent cricket players have called it a day on their illustrious cricket careers spanning 15 and 11 years of playing at the top level.
Captain of the national cricket team, Sarel Burger and his vice-captain, Craig Williams will represent Namibia for the last time at the three day and One Day International (ODI) matches against Free State at the Wanderers stadium, which started on Thursday and end on Sunday.
In a media release issued on Friday, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Namibia (CN), Peter Forster expressed his gratitude to the two players for the roles they played in the development of cricket in Namibia, saying their contributions were immense.
Burger, as an all-rounder, made his debut for Namibia in 2003 and in the 274 ODIs, List A, First Class and T20 matches. Since then, he has amassed a total of 6 553 runs and with batting highest score of 135 and has taken 339 wickets in this period.
Williams, who was also an all-rounder, made his debut for Namibia in 2007. During his career in 301 List A, First Class and T20 matches, he scored 12 144 runs with a highest knock of 184 and took 228 wickets.
The statement said both players have been backbones of the leadership of the team, beyond which, they have played a vital role in the mentorship and growth of other players in the team.
“The longevity of their careers speaks volumes for the physical fitness, dedication and total commitment.
“They have both been model professionals and examples to all of our cricketers of whatever age in terms of class and character and Namibian Cricket owes a huge debt of gratitude to both players and we wish them the best with their future endeavours,” Forster said.