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Flag of Namibia
Flag of Namibia
ICC membership granted 1992
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Africa
World Cricket League division Two
World Cricket League Africa Region division One
Captain Louis Burger
First recorded match 1954 v Liesbeek Park at Windhoek (as South-West Africa)
One Day Internationals
ODI matches played 6
ODI wins/losses 0/6
First class cricket
First class matches played 15
First class wins/losses 7/5
List A cricket
List A matches played 40
List A wins/losses 14/25
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Runners up, 2001
As of 21 July 2007

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.





The first mention of cricket being played in what is now Namibia was a match played between South African soldiers and locals near Otjiwarongo in 1915 shortly after the occupying Germans had surrendered to the South African troops. The outcome of World War I left South Africa as the holder of the League of Nations mandate for the region, now renamed South-West Africa.[4]

South Africans moving into the country meant that more and more cricket clubs began to be formed, but it was not until 1954 when the South-West Africa representative side first played, playing Liesbeek Park, a club side from Cape Town. They first played away from home in December 1958 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The South-West Africa team, whilst never formally being part of the then South Africa Cricket Union, played at low levels of South Africa domestic cricket for many years until 1989, when in June of that year, in the run up to the first Namibian elections the new Namibian Cricket Board refused an invitation to play in South Africa that season, instead opting to arrange a two match tour of Botswana in December. This team played two matches against Botswana, winning both easily.[4]


The independence celebrations of 21 March 1990 saw Gloucestershire County Cricket Club play the Namibian national side in a series of matches, with the Namibians winning three times against their professional opponents. The Netherlands toured Namibia the following month and were unbeaten on the tour. Namibia toured Zimbabwe later in the year.[4]

The following year saw the Marylebone Cricket Club visit, captained by former England Test player Paul Parker. They won the three-day match against Namibia by an innings and twenty runs, but the main point of the tour was a fact finding mission for the ICC, as the Namibian Cricket Board had applied for associate membership of that organisation,[4] which was achieved in 1992.[1]

In 1994, Namibia competed for the first time in the ICC Trophy, finishing in ninth place after beating Denmark in the plate final.[5] Malaysia visited Namibia in 1995, drawing a three-day match and losing a one-day match. Italy were the visitors the following year, with Namibia winning the three-day match by an innings inside two days after scoring 510/4 in their only innings. They won the one-day match just as easily. Namibia began to play in the second tier of South African domestic cricket again the same year.[4]

Namibia played in the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia, finishing 15th after beating the hosts in the 15th place play-off match.[6] Denmark toured Namibia the following year, losing in the one-day game and drawing the three-day match.[4]

The next major international action was in March 2000, when they visited Bangladesh for a triangular series also involving Malaysia. Namibia were joint winners with Bangladesh of the rain affected event.[4] The MCC toured Namibia the following March, and Namibia won the five match series of one-day games 3-1, with one match abandoned.[7] Scotland toured in April, drawing the two match one-day series.[8]

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.[9] Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth.[10] They had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania,[11] and lost four matches against Zimbabwe A a few weeks later.[12] A tour of Kenya subsequent to the Zimbabwean tour was more successful, as Namibia beat Kenya in a four match one-day series.[13] 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.[14] Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4-1.[15]

The World Cup itself started on 10 February 2003 in Harare with Zimbabwe beating Namibia by 86 runs.[16] Back in South Africa, they lost to Pakistan by 171 runs[17], 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.[18] They were then brought crashing back down to earth by a 181 run loss to India[19] and a 256 run defeat against Australia,[20] 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.[21] The tournament finished with a 64 run loss to fellow qualifiers the Netherlands.[22]

Beyond the World Cup

In August 2003, Zimbabwe A toured Namibia. Namibia won the one-day series 2-1, but lost both three-day games.[23] 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.[24] Bangladesh toured Namibia in February, winning all three one-day games and drawing the three-day game.[25] 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.[26] Namibia played two ICC Intercontinental Cup matches against Kenya and Uganda in 2004, losing them both.[27] In between the two matches, they took part in an African nations tournament in Zambia which they won.[28] Later in the year they took part in Zimbabwe's national one-day domestic competition, in which they finished as runners-up.[29] Whilst in Zimbabwe, they won two matches against the national side.[30] This was followed by a visit to Namibia by England, who won both matches.[31]

Zimbabwe A again visited Namibia in early 2005, losing both one-day matches that finished.[32] Pakistan A were the next visitors in April, winning all three one-day matches and drawing in the three-day game.[33] 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 them for the semi-finals.[34] They then visited Ireland to take part in the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished 7th after beating Denmark in their final play-off game.[35] Back at home, they hosted New Zealand at the end of July, losing both games,[36] but performing admirably in the first, losing by only 29 runs after conceding 330/6.[37] 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.[38]. The Namibian Cricket Board denied the allegations of racism.[39]

Present Day

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 badly with an innings defeat by Scotland in Aberdeen before a five wicket defeat by Ireland in Dublin, both matches in May.[40] 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[41] and third in their group in the one-day tournament, missing out on reaching the semi-finals by one win.[42] 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.[40] 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.

Tournament History

World Cup

Namibia were not eligible for the Cricket World Cup between 1975 and 1992 as they were not a member of the ICC at the time.[1]

ICC Intercontinental Cup

World Cricket League

ICC 6 Nations Challenge

  • 2000: Did not participate[48]
  • 2002: 4th place[10]
  • 2004: 3rd place[26]

ICC World Cup Qualifier

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

Namibia are again to take part in the second tier of South African domestic cricket between October 2007 and February 2008.[50] They will play 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.[51]

Current squad

The following table lists the 14 players in Namibia's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.[52]
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Jan-Berrie Burger 28 RHB LB 6 25
Bernard Scholtz 23 LHB LB 23
Raymond van Schoor 19 RHB 10
Craig Williams 25 RHB RM 18
Louis Burger 31 RHB RM 6 25 Captain
Sarel Burger 26 RHB RMF 2 21
Bjorn Kotze 31 RHB RFM 5 20
Deon Kotze 36 RHB OB 6 22
Bernard Scholtz 19 RHB SLO 4
Deon Kotze 28 RHB RFM 5 35
Tobias Verwey 28 RHB 18
Louis Klazinga 24 RHB RFM 29
Hendrik Marx 20 RHB RMF 1
Louis van der Westhuizen 21 LHB SLO 12
Ian van Zyl 26 RHB RFM 17
Bernard Scholtz 19 RHB SLO 4


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  2. ^ a b Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release, 20 December 2006 at European Cricket Council
  3. ^ a b c 2003 World Cup at Cricinfo
  4. ^ a b c d e f g History of Namibian cricket
  5. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ a b Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at Cricket Archive
  7. ^ MCC in Namibia 2000/01 at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ Scotland in Namibia 2000/01 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ a b Scorecard of 2001 ICC Trophy Final, 15 July 2001 at Cricket Archive
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  11. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  12. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Namibia in Kenya 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ Standard Bank Cup 2002/03 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  15. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  16. ^ Scorecard of Zimbabwe v Namibia, 10 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  17. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Pakistan, 16 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  18. ^ Scorecard of England v Namibia, 19 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  19. ^ Scorecard of India v Namibia, 23 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  20. ^ Scorecard of Australia v Namibia, 27 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  21. ^ ODIs - Highest winning margins at Cricinfo
  22. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Netherlands, 3 March 2003 at Cricket Archive
  23. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  24. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  25. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  26. ^ a b 2004 ICC 6 Nations Challenge at CricketEurope
  27. ^ a b 2004 Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  28. ^ Points Table for 2004 African tournament at Cricinfo
  29. ^ Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial One-Day Competition 2004/05 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  30. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  31. ^ England in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  32. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  33. ^ Pakistan A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  34. ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  35. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 11 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  36. ^ New Zealand in Namibia 2005/06 at Cricket Archive
  37. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v New Zealand, 30 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  38. ^ Racism, rows and a walk-off tarnish 'friendly' one-dayers by Cricinfo staff, 30 October 2005 at Cricinfo
  39. ^ Bermuda's allegations 'rejected with contempt' by Cricinfo staff, 4 November 2005 at Cricinfo
  40. ^ a b c 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  41. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  42. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  43. ^ 1996 World Cup at Cricinfo
  44. ^ 1999 World Cup at Cricinfo
  45. ^ 2007 World Cup at Cricinfo
  46. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 04 May 2009
  47. ^ ICC-Cricket, retrieved 09 August 2008
  48. ^ 2000 ICC Emerging Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
  49. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 04 May 2009
  50. ^ Namibia to continue in South African provincial cricket by Andrew Nixon, 29 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  51. ^ 2007/08 Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  52. ^ Namibia squad,   Retrieved on 5 May 2009.

Further reading

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


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