Namibia Cricket

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Namibia Cricket Team Guide

The Namibia cricket team is represented by the Cricket Namibia governing body and has been part of the ICC since 1992. Due to this, the country is able to participate in competitions such as the T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy. The Namibia cricket team is one of the newer nations to break onto the cricketing scene; however, they have established themselves impressively since doing so.

History of Namibia Cricket Team

Namibia itself is a relatively new country, gaining independence from South Africa back in 1990. Shortly after this, the Namibian Cricket Board was formed, with them also being awarded their ICC membership in the same year. The Namibia cricket team played its first one-day international against the Zimbabwe cricket team back in 2003, in which the latter team won by 86 runs.

Where Does The Namibia Cricket Team Play?

Across the country, the Namibia cricket team has a number of venues in which they play international matches. The United Cricket Club Ground in Windhoek is one of their most popular grounds, with Alfies Park also being another venue which regularly hosts home matches.

Former Captains Of The Namibia Cricket Team

Gerhard Erasmus has been the go-to captain of the Namibia cricket team, leading his team out in over 40 matches. During the beginning of his stint in 2019, Namibia has been a competitive force in the cricketing world. Deon Kotze originally captained the team during the 2003 cricket World Cup; however, his stint wasn’t too successful, losing all 6 games he captained.

Top Run Scorers In Namibia Cricket Team History

Since making his debut in 2019, Gerhard Erasmus has scored the most runs for the Namibia cricket team, with the right-handed batter surpassing 1500, more than any other player in the country’s cricketing history.

Top Wicket Takers In Namibia Cricket Team History

Tangeni Lungameni and Bernard Scholtz have both been impressive bowlers for the Namibia cricket team. However, it is Ruben Trumpelmann who has taken the most wickets, claiming upwards of 60 since debuting back in 2021.

Memorable Games For The Namibia Cricket Team

The Namibia cricket team made its ODI debut back in February 2023 in the ODI World Cup. They faced off against Zimbabwe, losing by 86 runs. The team then went on to play the Pakistan national cricket team and the England cricket team, once again losing both of these matches. They also played India and eventual tournament victors Australia following these defeats; however, despite not coming out triumphant, they performed with credit and showed their true capabilities on the biggest stage.

The 2021 T20 World Cup was arguably one of the most memorable tournaments for the Namibia cricket team, as this is where they recorded their first World Cup victories. These came against the Netherlands cricket team and Ireland in the first round of the competition. Subsequently, they progressed onto the Super 12 stage, a first for the nation.

Rivals Of The Namibia Cricket Team

Namibia does not have any specific established cricketing rivalries at the international level; however, they often compete fiercely with neighbouring African countries like the Kenya cricket team, Zimbabwe cricket team, and South Africa national cricket team in various regional and international tournaments.