Unlike many other national sport codes, Cricket Namibia (CN) has no financial worries while preparations are underway for the forthcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 qualifiers billed for Dubai, United Arab Emirates next month.
In the recent past, sport enthusiasts have witnessed some national sport bodies withdrawing from participating in international competitions due to financial hiccups facing the federations.
Due to such financial difficulties, some sport federations are still struggling to have their athletes qualify for one of the world’s grandest sporting events; the 2012 London Olympic Games later this year.
Cricket Namibia’s Chief Executive Officer, Graham McMillan in an interview with The Villager Sports confirmed that CN indeed has no financial worries as it gives its audited financial statements promptly to the relevant institutions each year.
“We submit our audited financial reports to the ICC, from whom we receive our annual grant while Government, through the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), also channels money to CN,” said McMillan.
The national team’s accommodation and travelling expenses is being taken care of by ICC and the CEO thanked the Director of Sport in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, Vetumbuavi Veii, for the financial assistance towards the team’s preparations.
He said Namibia’s preparations for Dubai, kicked off last year with the national side playing against South African semi-professional teams.
Namibia also played against Scotland and Kenya as part of their extensive preparation and the team is expected to take on Boland from South Africa, prior to their departure to Dubai.
The national cricket team will conclude its preparation with a game against the United States of America (USA) whom they will also face in their third match of the T20 qualifiers.
Macmillan, who took over at the helm of CN late last year added that the objective of the national team is to reach the semi-final play offs by ending at least third overall in their group.
Namibia will have their opening match against Ireland with their second encounter pitted against Scotland.
They will also play reigning continental champion, Uganda in their fourth match while Kenya’s match will be Namibia’s last showdown in their group.
Late last week, CN announced its final team for the ICC T20 qualifiers.
Players called are: Ewald Steenkamp, Sarel Burger (captain), Craig Williams, Gerrie Snyman, Raymond van Schoor (vice-captain), Nicholaas Scholtz, Gerhard Erasmus, Ian Opperman, Christi Viljoen, Bernard Scholtz, Louis Klazinga, Hendrik Geldenhuys and Zhivago Groenewald.
The non-travelling reserves are: Bredell Wesels, Pikkie ya France, GJ Dippenaar and Christopher Coombe. Any player from the reserve will be roped in should injury occur.