Namibia national cricket team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cricket Namibia logo.gif
Association Namibia Cricket Board
ICC status Associate (1992)
ICC region ICC Africa
WCL WCL Championship
Coach Dee Thakur (caretaker)
Captain Stephen Baard
First international
South Africa Namibia v. Botswana 
(Gaborone; November 1989)
First first-class
Namibia Namibia v. Uganda 
(Windhoek; 23 April 2004)
First list-A
Namibia Namibia v. Sri Lanka A Sri Lanka
(Windhoek; 7 April 2002)
First twenty20
Namibia Namibia v. Southern Rocks Zimbabwe
(Harare, Zimbabwe; 13 February 2010)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2003)
Best result First round (2003)
World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
Best result Runner-up (2001)
World Twenty20 Qualifier
Appearances 3 (first in 2012)
Best result Third place (2012)
As of 13 September 2015

The Namibia cricket team is the team that represents the country of Namibia in international cricket matches. It is governed by Cricket Namibia, an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1992,[1] and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007.[2] They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games.[3] They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

2003 World Cup[edit]

The road to the 2003 Cricket World Cup started with the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. Namibia reached the final at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, losing to the Netherlands, but still qualifying for their first World Cup.[4] Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth.[5] They had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania,[6] and lost four matches against Zimbabwe A a few weeks later.[7] A tour of Kenya subsequent to the Zimbabwean tour was more successful, as Namibia beat Kenya in a four match one-day series.[8] Following this, Namibia took part in the top level of South African domestic one-day cricket, the Standard Bank Cup, but lost all five of their games.[9] Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4–1.[10]

The World Cup itself started on 10 February 2003 in Harare with Zimbabwe beating Namibia by 86 runs.[11] Back in South Africa, they lost to Pakistan by 171 runs,[12] before a 55 run defeat at the hands of England in which Namibia performed with some credit, Jan-Berrie Burger winning the man of the match award for his innings of 85 that almost helped Namibia pull off an unlikely upset.[13] They then lost by 181 runs to India[14] and a 256 run defeat against Australia,[15] the eventual winners of the tournament,[3] in what at the time was the biggest winning margin in One Day Internationals, since surpassed by an Indian 257 run win over Bermuda.[16] The tournament finished with a 64 run loss to fellow qualifiers the Netherlands.[17]

After the World Cup[edit]

In August 2003, Zimbabwe A toured Namibia. Namibia won the one-day series 2–1, but lost both three-day games.[18] A return visit to Zimbabwe the following January saw Namibia win a five match one-day series against Zimbabwe A 4–1, also winning a match against Zimbabwe Under-19s.[19] Bangladesh toured Namibia in February, winning all three one-day games and drawing the three-day game.[20] Following this, Namibia travelled to the United Arab Emirates for the ICC 6 Nations Challenge. They finished third on run rate after beating Canada, the Netherlands and the UAE and losing to Scotland and the USA.[21] Namibia played two ICC Intercontinental Cup matches against Kenya and Uganda in 2004, losing them both.[22] In between the two matches, they won an African nations tournament in Zambia.[23] Later in the year, they took part in Zimbabwe's national one-day domestic competition, in which they finished as runners-up.[24] Whilst in Zimbabwe, they won two matches against the national side.[25] This was followed by a visit to Namibia by England, who won both matches.[26]

Zimbabwe A again visited Namibia in early 2005, losing both one-day matches that finished.[27] Pakistan A were the next visitors in April, winning all three one-day matches and drawing in the three-day game.[28] This was followed by their two regional group games in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Whilst they were unbeaten, winning against Uganda and drawing against Kenya, this was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals.[29] They then visited Ireland to take part in the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished 7th after beating Denmark in their final play-off game.[30] Back at home, they hosted New Zealand at the end of July, losing both games,[31] losing by only 29 runs after conceding 330/6.[32] In October of that year, they hosted the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Cup, despite failing to qualify. While the final was being played, they played a two match one-day series against Bermuda after they had been knocked out of the tournament, winning both games, but the games were tarnished by controversial incidents, with the Bermuda team accusing the Namibian team of racist insults, and walking off in the second game when a flurry of bouncers were unleashed at the lower order Bermuda batsmen.[33] The Namibian Cricket Board denied the allegations of racism.[34]

Present Day[edit]

In March 2006, Namibia met Nepal in a challenge match to decide who got the eighth and final spot in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. The match was drawn, with Namibia getting a first innings lead, thus qualifying them for the main tournament. The main tournament itself started with an innings defeat by Scotland in Aberdeen before a five wicket defeat by Ireland in Dublin, both matches in May.[35] In the 2006-07 South African cricket season, Namibia took part in the second tier of first-class and List A cricket, the South African Airways Challenge. They finished second in their group in the three-day tournament[36] and third in their group in the one-day tournament, missing out on reaching the semi-finals by one win.[37] In the midst of the matches in those tournaments, they played their third and final 2006 Intercontinental Cup match, beating the UAE by an innings.[35] On 1 April 2007, they became part of the ICC's High Performance Program.[2]

In November/December 2007, Namibia hosted Division Two of the World Cricket League where they played against Argentina, Denmark, Oman, the UAE and Uganda. Although Namibia won three of their five group matches, it was not enough for them to progress to the final. Namibia beat Denmark in the third place playoff. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, Namibia qualified for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

Namibia are again took part in the second tier of South African domestic cricket between October 2007 and February 2008.[38] They played a 2007-08 ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in October 2007, playing the remaining games against Bermuda, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE in 2008.[39]

Namibia won the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Shield defeating the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai.[40] In 2011 Namibia participated in Division Two and finished as runners-up, on this occasion behind the UAE.[41]

In July 2011, the country competed in the ICC Twenty20 World Cricket League Africa Division One competition in Uganda, winning all eight group matches before succumbing to the hosts in the Final by six wickets.[42] During this tournament, all-rounder Louis van der Westhuizen struck 16 sixes in an innings of 159* against Kenya, as part of a team total of 262/1 from 20 overs.


Most ODI Runs
199 Jan-Berrie Burger
132 Daniel Keulder
90 Gavin Murgatroyd
82 Deon Kotze
58 Melt van Schoor
Highest ODI Scores
85 Jan-Berrie Burger
52 Daniel Keulder
52 Gavin Murgatroyd
41 Morne Karg
27 Deon Kotze
Most First-class Runs
5017 Craig Williams
4186 Raymond van Schoor
4100 Gerrie Snyman
3004 Nicolaas Scholtz
2430 Sarel Burger
Highest First-Class Scores
230 Gerrie Snyman
206 Ewald Steenkamp
182* Christi Viljoen
163* Bjorn Kotze
157 Raymond van Schoor
Most List-A Runs
3620 Gerrie Snyman
2922 Craig Williams
2567 Raymond van Schoor
1975 Sarel Burger
1724 Jan-Berrie Burger
Highest List-A Scores
196 Gerrie Snyman
166 Craig Williams
131 Jan-Berrie Burger
100 Kola Burger
97 Louis van der Westhuizen
Most T20 Runs
1534 Raymond van Schoor
1401 Craig Williams
1011 Gerrie Snyman
909 Sarel Burger
862 Louis van der Westhuizen
Highest T20 Scores
159 Louis van der Westhuizen
149 Louis van der Westhuizen
125 Craig Williams
92* Gerrie Snyman
79* Raymond van Schoor
Most ODI Wickets
8 Rudi van Vuuren
6 Louis Burger
6 Gerrie Snyman
3 Jan-Berrie Burger
3 Bjorn Kotze
Most First-Class Wickets
226 Louis Klazinga
192 Christi Viljoen
144 Bernard Scholtz
114 Sarel Burger
109 Kola Burger
Most List-A Wickets
148 Louis Klazinga
95 Sarel Burger
81 Christi Viljoen
74 Gerrie Snyman
65 Louis van der Westhuizen
Most T20 Wickets
60 Bernard Scholtz
47 Louis van der Westhuizen
46 Christi Viljoen
39 Louis Klazinga
39 Sarel Burger

Tournament history[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Not eligible[1]
England 1979 Not eligible
England 1983 Not eligible
India Pakistan 1987 Not eligible
Australia New Zealand 1992 Not eligible
India Pakistan Sri Lanka 1996 Did not qualify
England 1999 Did not qualify
South Africa 2003 Group stage 14/14 6 0 6 0 0
West Indies Cricket Board 2007 Did not qualify
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh 2011 Did not qualify
Australia New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify
England 2019
Total 6 0 6 0 0

ICC Intercontinental Cup[edit]

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier[edit]

World Cricket League[edit]

ICC 6 Nations Challenge[edit]

  • 2000: Did not participate[44]
  • 2002: 1st place[5]
  • 2004: 3rd place[21]

ICC World Cup Qualifier[edit]

Namibia did not play in the ICC Trophy between 1979 and 1990 as they were not a member of the ICC at the time.[1]

The future[edit]

2015/16 CSA Provincial Competitions

2016/17 CSA Provincial Competitions

2017 ICC World Cricket League Championship

2017/18 CSA Provincial Competitions

2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier

Current squad[edit]

NO Name Age Batting style Bowling style Club Debut Notes MAJOR TEAMS
14 Stephan Baard 22 RHB Right-arm medium-fast CCD Tigers 2009 Opening Batsmen Boland
46 Craig Williams 30 RHB Right-arm medium WHSOBCC 2007 ICC XI
88 Gerrie Snyman 33 RHB Right-arm fast-medium Wanderers 2001 Worcestershire CCC
Pikky Ya France 24 LHB Right-arm slow CCD Tigers 2010
Xander Pitchers 21 RHB Right-arm off- break CCD Tigers 2013
Zane Green 19 LHB WHSOBCC 2013
7 Gerhard Erasmus 19 RHB Legbreak WHSOBCC 2011
27 Raymond van Schoor 24 RHB Right-arm off-break United 2007 Vice Captain
32 Jean-Pierre Kotze 20 LHB Wanderers 2012 Gauteng
Michau du Preez 18 RHB Legbreak Wanderers 2013
Lohandre Lauwrens 16 RHB Wanderers 2015
All Rounders
3 Sarel Burger 31 RHB Right-arm medium-fast WHSOBCC 2002 MCCYC
22 Nicholaas Scholtz 27 LHB slow left-arm orthodox Wanderers 2006 Captain
Jason Davidson 21 RHB Right-arm fast CCD Tigers 2012
Bredell Wessells 20 RHB Right-arm medium CCD Tigers 2011
1 Bernard Scholtz 24 RHB Legbreak Wanderers 2008
12 JJ Smit 18 RHB Left-arm medium-fast Wanderers 2012
37 Louis Klazinga 28 RHB Right-arm fast-medium Wanderers 2006
Tiaan Snyman 18 RHB Right-arm medium Wanderers 2013
Christopher Coombe 21 RHB Right-arm fast-medium CCD Tigers 2011
Zhivago Groenewald 22 RHB Right-arm medium-fast CCD Tigers 2010

Coaches: Dee Thakur

Overseas Players[edit]

NO Name Age Batting style Bowling style Nationality Duration MAJOR TEAMS
44 Tatenda Taibu 30 RHB Right-arm off-break Zimbabwe 2006–2007 Zimbabwe
All Rounders
23 Dougie Brown 44 RHB Right-arm fast-medium Scotland 2002–2003 Warwickshire CCC
77 Dwaine Pretorius 24 RHB Right-arm medium-fast South Africa 2009–2010 Lions
Qasim Sheikh 29 LHB Left-arm medium Scotland 2007–2008 Scotland
28 Tony Palladino 30 RHB Right-arm medium England 2009–2010 Derbyshire CCC


  1. ^ a b c Namibia at Cricket Archive
  2. ^ a b Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release, 20 December 2006 at European Cricket Council
  3. ^ a b 2003 World Cup at Cricinfo
  4. ^ a b Scorecard of 2001 ICC Trophy Final, 15 July 2001 at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ a b 2002 ICC 6 Nations Challenge Points Table at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  7. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ Namibia in Kenya 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Standard Bank Cup 2002/03 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Scorecard of Zimbabwe v Namibia, 10 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Pakistan, 16 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Scorecard of England v Namibia, 19 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ Scorecard of India v Namibia, 23 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  15. ^ Scorecard of Australia v Namibia, 27 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  16. ^ ODIs – Highest winning margins at Cricinfo
  17. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Netherlands, 3 March 2003 at Cricket Archive
  18. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  19. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  20. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  21. ^ a b 2004 ICC 6 Nations Challenge at CricketEurope
  22. ^ a b 2004 Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  23. ^ Points Table for 2004 African tournament at Cricinfo
  24. ^ Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial One-Day Competition 2004/05 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  25. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  26. ^ England in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  27. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  28. ^ Pakistan A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  29. ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  30. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 11 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  31. ^ New Zealand in Namibia 2005/06 at Cricket Archive
  32. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v New Zealand, 30 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  33. ^ Racism, rows and a walk-off tarnish 'friendly' one-dayers by Cricinfo staff, 30 October 2005 at Cricinfo
  34. ^ Bermuda's allegations 'rejected with contempt' by Cricinfo staff, 4 November 2005 at Cricinfo
  35. ^ a b c 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  36. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  37. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  38. ^ Namibia to continue in South African provincial cricket by Andrew Nixon, 29 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  39. ^ 2007/08 Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  40. ^ [1], Intercontinental Shield
  41. ^ [2], WCL Div 2 at CricketEurope
  42. ^
  43. ^ ICC-Cricket, retrieved 9 August 2008
  44. ^ 2000 ICC Emerging Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
  45. ^ Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at Cricket Archive
  46. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at Cricket Archive
  47. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 4 May 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
  • Cricket Namibia official site