WINDHOEK, March 18 — New captain Gerhard ‘Merwe’ Erasmus will lead Namibia men’s cricket team as they begin their quest for qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 via the World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL2) tournament, which is slated for Windhoek in April.
Canada, Hong Kong (China), Oman, the United States and Papua New Guinea are among the teams that will face-off against Namibia as from April 20.
Canada begin their quest with a meeting against China’s Hong Kong, Oman will battle against the US, while Erasmus’ charges meet Papua New Guinea.
Cricket Namibia announced a 14-man squad on Sunday and for the first time revealed Erasmus – who takes over after the retired Sarel Burger – as team captain.
“During his time as a Namibian player, he was under the captaincy of Sarel Burger who retired last year. He has therefore had the perfect opportunity to learn from an outstanding captain. Cricket Namibia have every confidence in Erasmus and we wish him the best with this important milestone in his career,” according to Cricket Namibia.
The top four teams from WCL2 will join Scotland, Nepal, and the United Arab Emirates in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 (2019-21), and play 36 one-day internationals each over a two and a half year period in 21 tri-series’. – NDN Staffer