Swaziland coach hoping for a tournament win
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 5:03 PM
Sohail Khan, senior coach of Swaziland national team, is confident that his team will put in a good performance in the upcoming ICC Africa World Cricket League Division 2 in Benoni, South Africa.
The tournament runs from 24-29 April 2010 and will be competed by six teams - Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and Zambia - in a round-robin 50-over format for qualification to Division 1.
The team selection for the tournament was based on domestic league performances, and the selected players underwent daily coaching programmes in the academy, including physical training and batting and bowling net sessions. Practice matches were held on weekends against local clubs.
Khan said: "Our final team is very talented having undergone a rigourous training programme. The team spirit is high and we will try our level best to bring the trophy home."
The coach believed that success in the tournament will help raise the profile of the game in the country. He said: "Cricket is still a new sport here although it is growing rapidly in terms of popularity. A tournament win will help popularise the sport amongst youth."
"Of course, not to add, our ultimate goal is to play the ICC Cricket World Cup against the world’s best!"he added.
The full squad is as given below: Alexander Nicholas, Sabbir Kasam Motala, Aziz Patel, Leonard Bennett, Mangoliso Mhlabane, Haris Rashid, Naeem Gull, Mohamed J Hansrod, Estean Sauerman, Stephen Uys, Erenestes J Uys, Saif Ullah Habib, Syed Hassan Shazad, Dumisani Mamba