Namibia national cricket team
|Coach||Pierre de Bruyn|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate Member with ODI status (1992)|
|One Day Internationals|
|First ODI||v. Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, Harare; 10 February 2003|
|Last ODI||v. United Arab Emirates at Oman Cricket Academy, Al Amarat; 9 January 2020|
|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)|
|First T20I||v. Ghana at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala; 20 May 2019|
|Last T20I||v. Netherlands at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 20 October 2021|
|T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances||3 (first in 2012)|
|Best result||3rd (2012)|
|As of 20 October 2021|
The Namibia national cricket team is the men's team that represents the Republic of Namibia and is governed by Cricket Namibia, an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1992, and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007. They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games. They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
The earliest instance of cricket played in Windhoek dates back to 1909 when South West Africa was very much a German colony. During the First world war (1914), South African troops opened assault in the region. A game of cricket was recorded in the Okonjande prisoner of war camp near Otjiwarongo. South Africa captured South West Africa following Germany's defeat. It came under the League of Nations mandate in the Union of South Africa.
Following this, cricket was regularly played in the Western Province. The South West Africa Cricket Union was formed in 1930 and the first organised matches were played in the region. South West Africa began playing in the South African Country Cricket Association's annual competition in the 1961-62 season.
South West Africa (1961–1989)
South West Africa competed in the South African Country Cricket Association's annual competition between 1961 and 1989. In 1966, the Namibian war of Independence was launched by the People's Liberation Army of Namibia, an armed wing of SWAPO. South West African rebels welcomed the sporting boycott of the South African apartheid regime and showed their support for the "Stop the seventy tour" campaign.
South West Africa played their last domestic season in South Africa in January 1989. In April, PLAN launched its final guerrilla campaign and the South West Africa Cricket Union severed their ties with the South African Cricket Board (SACB).
In November 1989, a Namibian team toured Botswana and played their first international fixture, although the Namibian Cricket Board were not affiliated to the International Cricket Council until 1992.
After the Botswana tour, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club visited Namibia in March 1990, taking part in the Independence Day celebrations. This was followed by a visit from The Netherlands in April. Before the formation of the African Cricket Association, the SCSA Zone VI cricket federation was formed after two schoolboy cricket tours between Namibia and Botswana in 1989 and 1990. The inaugural ACA tournament was held in Windhoek in September 1991, with Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana playing as well as an Oxford University Cricket Club side.
2003 World Cup
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. Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth and had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania,  before losing four matches against Zimbabwe A a few weeks later. A tour of Kenya was more successful, as Namibia beat Kenya in a four match one-day series. 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. Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4–1.
10 February 2003
340/2 (50 overs)
104/5 (25.1 overs)
They went on to lose to Pakistan by 171 runs, 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 runs that came close to helping the side pull off an unlikely upset. They then lost by 181 runs to India and by 256 runs against Australia, the eventual winners of the tournament, in what at the time was the biggest winning margin in One Day Internationals. The tournament finished with a 64 run loss to fellow qualifiers the Netherlands.
After the World Cup
In August 2003, Zimbabwe A toured Namibia. Namibia won the one-day series 2–1, but lost both three-day games. 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. Bangladesh toured Namibia in February, winning all three one-day games and drawing the three-day game. Following this, Namibia travelled to the United Arab Emirates for the 2004 ICC Six Nations Challenge. They finished third on run rate after beating Canada, the Netherlands and the UAE and losing to Scotland and the USA. Namibia played two ICC Intercontinental Cup matches against Kenya and Uganda in 2004, losing them both. In between the two matches, they won an African nations tournament in Zambia. Later in the year, they took part in Zimbabwe's national one-day domestic competition, in which they finished as runners-up. Whilst in Zimbabwe, they won two matches against the national side. This was followed by a visit to Namibia by England, who won both matches.
Zimbabwe A again visited Namibia in early 2005, losing both one-day matches that finished. Pakistan A were the next visitors in April, winning all three one-day matches and drawing in the three-day game. 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. They then visited Ireland to take part in the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished 7th after beating Denmark in their final play-off game. Back at home, they hosted New Zealand at the end of July, losing both games, losing by only 29 runs after conceding 330/6. 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. The Namibian Cricket Board denied the allegations of racism.
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. 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 and third in their group in the one-day tournament, missing out on reaching the semi-finals by one win. 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. On 1 April 2007, they became part of the ICC's High Performance Program.
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 again took part in the second tier of South African domestic cricket between October 2007 and February 2008. 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.
Namibia won the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Shield defeating the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai. In 2011 Namibia participated in Division Two and finished as runners-up, on this occasion behind the UAE.
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. 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.
2018 to present
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Namibia and other ICC members since 1 January 2019 have been full T20Is. Namibia's first T20I match was against Ghana on 20 May 2019 in Regional Final of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier tournament.
20 May 2019
91/7 (20 overs)
92/1 (10.5 overs)
- Namibia won the toss and elected to field.
- First T20I match for Namibia.
In July 2020, the Namibia Men's team won the ICC Associate Member Men's Performance of the Year award, after gaining One Day International (ODI) status, in the ICC's Annual Development Awards to recognise developing cricketing nations.
Last updated 20 October 2021
|One-Day Internationals||14||5||9||0||0||10 February 2003|
|Twenty20 Internationals||24||19||5||0||0||20 May 2019|
- Highest team total: 324/7 v. Oman on 8 January 2020 at Oman Cricket Academy, Al Amarat.
- Highest individual score: 136, Jean-Pierre Kotze v. United States on 20 September 2019 at Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill.
- Best individual bowling figures: 5/13, Jan Frylinck v. Oman on 27 April 2019 at Wanderers, Windhoek.
Most ODI runs for Namibia
Most ODI wickets for Namibia
ODI record versus other nations
Records complete to ODI #4227. Last updated 9 January 2020.
|Opponent||M||W||L||D||First match||First win|
|Australia||1||0||1||0||27 February 2003|
|England||1||0||1||0||19 February 2003|
|India||1||0||1||0||23 February 2003|
|Pakistan||1||0||1||0||16 February 2003|
|Zimbabwe||1||0||1||0||10 February 2003|
|Netherlands||1||0||1||0||3 March 2003|
|Oman||2||2||0||0||27 April 2019||27 April 2019|
|Papua New Guinea||2||2||0||0||22 September 2019||22 September 2019|
|United Arab Emirates||2||0||2||0||6 January 2020|
|United States||2||1||1||0||17 September 2019||20 September 2019|
- Highest team total: 240/3 v. Botswana on 20 August 2019 at United Ground, Windhoek.
- Highest individual score: 101*, Jean-Pierre Kotze v. Botswana on 20 August 2019 at United Ground, Windhoek.
- Best individual bowling figures: 6/24, Jan Frylinck v. UAE on 5 October 2021 at ICC Academy Ground, Dubai.
Most T20I runs for Namibia
Most T20I wickets for Namibia
T20I record versus other nations
Records complete to T20I #1327. Last updated 20 October 2021.
|Opponent||M||W||L||T||NR||First match||First win|
|Ireland||1||0||1||0||0||2 November 2019|
|Sri Lanka||1||0||1||0||0||18 October 2021|
|Bermuda||1||1||0||0||0||23 October 2019||23 October 2019|
|Botswana||5||5||0||0||0||22 May 2019||22 May 2019|
|Ghana||1||1||0||0||0||20 May 2019||20 May 2019|
|Kenya||1||1||0||0||0||25 October 2019||25 October 2019|
|Netherlands||2||1||1||0||0||19 October 2019||20 October 2021|
|Oman||1||1||0||0||0||29 October 2019||29 October 2019|
|Papua New Guinea||3||1||2||0||0||20 October 2019||10 October 2021|
|Scotland||2||2||0||0||0||22 October 2019||22 October 2019|
|Singapore||1||1||0||0||0||26 October 2019||26 October 2019|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||0||5 October 2021||5 October 2021|
|Uganda||4||4||0||0||0||21 May 2019||21 May 2019|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||0||5 October 2021||5 October 2021|
ICC Cricket World Cup
|ODI World Cup record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2023||Yet to qualify|
ICC T20 World Cup
|ICC T20 World Cup|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2016||Did not qualify|
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
- 1994: 9th place – Won Plate competition
- 1997: 15th place
- 2001: Runners up
- 2005: 7th place
- 2009: 8th place
- 2014: 6th place
- 2018: Did not qualify
- 2022: TBD
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier
ICC Intercontinental Cup
- 2004: First round
- 2005: First round
- 2006: First round
- 2007–08: Losing finalist
- 2009–10 (Shield): Winners
- 2011–13: 5th place
- 2015–17: 8th place
ICC World Cricket League
- 2007 Division Two: 3rd place
- 2011 Division Two: 2nd place
- 2011–13 Championship: 7th place
- 2015 Division Two: 2nd place
- 2015–17 Championship: 8th place
- 2018 Division Two: 4th place
- 2019 Division Two: Winners
ICC 6 Nations Challenge
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Forms||S/N||Last FC||Last ODI [a]||Last T20I|
|Head coach||Pierre de Bruyn|
|Assistant coach||Albie Morkel|
|Spin bowling coach|
|Fast bowling coach|
- Gerhard Erasmus (c)
- Jan Frylinck (vc)
- Stephan Baard
- Karl Birkenstock
- Niko Davin
- Zane Green
- Zhivago Groenewald
- Jean-Pierre Kotze
- Tangeni Lungameni
- Bernard Scholtz
- Ben Shikongo
- JJ Smit
- Christi Viljoen
- Pikky Ya France
- Craig Williams
|NO||Name||Date of birth||Date of death||Batting style||Bowling style||Nationality||Duration|
|Wicket-Keeper Batsman †|
|† 27||Raymond van Schoor||23 May 1990||20 November 2015(aged 25)||RHB||Right arm fast-medium||Namibia||2007–2015|
|NO||Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Nationality||Duration||MAJOR TEAMS|
|44||Tatenda Taibu||14 May 1983||RHB||Right-arm off-break||Zimbabwe||2006–2007||Zimbabwe|
|23||Dougie Brown||29 October 1969||RHB||Right arm medium pace||Scotland||2002–2003||Warwickshire CCC|
|77||Dwaine Pretorius||29 March 1989||RHB||Right arm medium pace||South Africa||2009–2010||Lions|
|Qasim Sheikh||30 October 1984||LHB||Left arm medium pace||Scotland||2007–2008||Scotland|
|28||Tony Palladino||29 June 1983||RHB||Right arm medium-fast||England||2009–2010||Derbyshire CCC|
Namibians playing overseas
|NO||Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Nationality||Duration||Current Team|
|4||Christi Viljoen||28 September 1987||RHB||Right arm fast-medium||Namibia New Zealand||2010–2014||Otago|
|David Wiese||18 May 1985||RHB||Right Arm Fast-Medium||Namibia South Africa||2013-2016||South Africa|
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