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Cricket Namibia Plans Beyond Covid-19

Namibian National Cricket Team / ODI
Despite the national lockdown due to Covid-19 Cricket Namibia is hard at work preparing for the season ahead which will culminate in Namibia's first-ever participation at the T20 World Cup.
Cricket Namibia's CEO, Johan Muller on Monday said they are trying to rearrange their programme of international matches this year, while the national squad is also staying in shape by following an online interactive training programme.

Namibia was due to host the Netherlands in a friendly series at the end of March, and Scotland and Nepal in the Cricket World Cup League 2 series from 20 to 27 April, but both these series' have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Netherlands friendly series has been postponed till February or March 2021 because the rest of the year is full. The Tri-Nations series against Scotland and Nepal will now probably be shifted to an open space in the calendar either in August or November,” Muller said.

“In June we are supposed to compete in a T20 Quadrangular series against the hosts the Netherlands, United States and PNG, so we will wait and see if it goes ahead as scheduled. But now we will have to adapt our whole World Cup preparation programme, because of the uncertainty of the situation and the fact that we don't know when Covid-19 will be over,” he added.

Namibia is due to host another Cricket World Cup League 2 series against Papua New Guinea and the United States at the beginning of September which will hopefully still go ahead as planned. Besides that Muller said they hoped to include a few more friendlies as preparation for the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia from 18 October to 15 November.

“We want to try and arrange another tour towards the end of September, while we are planning to leave for Australia at least two weeks before the start of the T20 World Cup. We are busy organising some warm-up matches against Australian provincial sides or against other countries that will compete at the T20 World Cup,” Muller added. Besides planning ahead and rearranging their fixtures, Cricket Namibia has also adjusted its training and coaching programmes to adapt to the lockdown requirements.

“All the players are following their individual training programmes, while we also have an online strength and conditioning group session, which starts at 08h00. It's a high-level interactive programme where they log on via video call and can see each other train, so it helps a lot to motivate them all,” he said.

“Besides this, the national coach Pierre de Bruyn and high performance coach Dee Thakur are also conducting a coaching development programme where they regularly give out assignments to the participants, while they also hold group discussions. “There are eight coaches participating in the course, from the central, the coastal and northern regions, as well as club and school coaches. It's open for all aspiring coaches so anyone can join up.”

Muller added that they had recently launched their new website while they also had equipment and replica shirts for players as well as supporters for sale.
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