Williams: Namibia on the right track for WCL Div. 2
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 6:12 PM
Namibia captain Craig Williams in action with the bat
Namibia's captain Craig Williams is confident ahead of the side's trip to the UAE for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 which is being played in Dubai from 8 to 15 April.
"Our squad has been preparing really well even though it hasn't stopped raining for the past three months here in Namibia. We play in South Africa's domestic amateur competition so we've been able to get a lot of competitive games in behind us. We have just come off a three-week tour in SA and are leaving for another week tour to SA in the next few days. The South African sides are extremely competitive and we learn a lot against them," said Williams.
The Namibian captain feels his team has a good knowledge of the sides they will be facing in WCL Div. 2, "We know quite a lot about the UAE, Uganda and Bermudian sides and we are confident we can beat them, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea will be interesting as I have never played them before, I'm sure though that if we play to our potential and with our pace bowling attack we shouldn't struggle.
"We are taking a really strong squad to the qualifiers, a lot has changed in Namibian cricket since the last qualifiers, we are a lot fitter, stronger and have worked on our one day skills.
"Just like the I-Shield final we have a great balance with bat and ball. JB Burger has returned to our side after a two year break, he can be devastating with the bat. We have a new youngster by the name of Christi Viljoen who is exceptionally quick and will be a handful with the ball at first change after the pace duo of Louis Klazinga and Kola Burger.
"The rest of our side is more or less the same as the I-Shield final team. There are no super heroes in our side, I believe that all 11 players have the ability to take the game away from the opposition and this makes us a strong unit," said Williams.
Namibia recently scored victory over United Arab Emirates in the I-Shield final held in the UAE and the victory was a great boost for the Namibians.
"The I-Shield final was a great boost of moral for our squad, after the last qualifiers and after being relegated out of the I-Cup and into the I-Shield competition, we had to work really hard and rebuild what is now a great squad. The four-day competition is different tactics to the one-day, we are really confident in the 50-over format and Twenty20 cricket and hopefully after this tournament we will receive the chances we are desperate for," said the 27-year-old from Oshakati.
Williams himself has been preparing for the event in his own way: "I have personally been doing a lot of tactical preparation with coach Johan Rudolph, we have been playing around with different combinations over the past three months and believe that we will have the right formula for the start of the tournament. I feel that with a side like we have with so much talent it gives me the opportunity to express myself as a player and play my best game. I'm most looking forward to winning my second trophy for Namibia and securing us a place in the Intercontinental Cup.
"Winning the event will be another step in the ladder towards putting Namibia on the cricketing map. We would love to give the people of Namibia something to be proud of, we believe that we are a competitive one-day and Twenty20 side and that we are moving in the right direction in terms of promoting and developing the game in Namibia," concluded Williams.