Botswana to Sharjah: Namibian tale
The Morning Standard|October 23, 2021
Formation of domestic T20 league, ‘bomb squad’ & recruitment of Wiese have helped African nation create history
SWAROOP SWAMINATHAN

OCTOBER 28, 2018. The umpire at the bowler’s end signals play. This little act signals the beginning of an outlandish Namibian dream to qualify for what was then the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup. Their opponents that day was Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland). Namibia had little problems in running them down. Playing in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, they finished second in the African sub-regional qualifier, to advance to the regional qualifier. In the six-team final in Uganda, Namibia, one of the smallest cricketing nations (population 2.5 mn) to have played in the 50over World Cup, finished second to progress to the global qualifier.

In the UAE in 2019, they advanced to the qualifiers where they beat Oman to rubber-stamp their ticket to one of the sport’s most glamorous events: the T20 World Cup, their first global ICC event since 2003.

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