T20 World Cup 2021: Namibia SWOT Analysis

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 kicks off on October 17. A total of 16 teams will compete for the coveted trophy. Eight teams will compete in group stages and top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 12s, starting from October 23. Namibia will be competing in the group stages and will look to qualify for the Super 12.

Namibia is placed in Group A and will compete against Ireland, Netherlands, and Sri Lanka. Coming into this World Cup, the Namibian side is on a roll winning all their games of the UAE Summer T20 Bash 2021. Although, they lost their way as they lost both their warm-up matches against Oman and Scotland. They will be eager to get back to winning ways and start the competition on a positive note.

Gerhard Erasmus has been handed the responsibility of leading this side. Everyone has stepped up for them in recent times and it will all come down to handling nerves for them in crunch situations. They will start their campaign on October 18 against Sri Lanka.

Ahead of their opening clash, let’s look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

Strengths

Namibian side has been fantastic in recent times. They will be confident arriving in the competition with a lot of confidence and it will help them going ahead in the competition.

The Namibian side bats deep and it will help them in the long run. They have got power-hitters in their side who can easily clear the fence. They surely bank on them to post bigger totals on the board.

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Weaknesses

The Namibian recent wins have come at home and the conditions in UAE will be the exact opposite of where they have been playing so far. The batters need to adapt to the conditions quickly or else life will be hard for them. The batting line-up lacks a player who can play an anchor role. They need someone who can play throughout the innings.

The bowling department lacks experience and they have to be at their absolute best to create a few upsets in the tournament.

Opportunities

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton has come a long way through the youth system. He is a player to watch out for in the upcoming ICC event. He will be eager to grab the opportunity and perform at the global stage.

David Wiese will be plying his trade for Namibia in the upcoming World Cup. He will use all his experience and look to play a major role in the Namibian side in the showpiece event.

Threats

The lack of experienced batters in the side might be a concern for them. Although they have put decent performances with the bat in recent times, the pressure of playing at an ICC event is different. They need to quickly put that behind and look to seize on crunch situations in the game.

Also, the bowlers don’t have much experience of playing at ICC event. It might be exposed while playing against top teams.

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Namibia Squad

Stephan Baard, Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Ben Shikonho, Michau de Preez, Bernard Scholtz, Michael van Lingen, Karl Birkenstock

Namibia Fixtures:

18 October, Monday- Namibia vs Sri Lanka, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 07:30 PM IST

20 October, Wednesday- Namibia vs Netherlands, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 03:30 PM IST

22 October, Friday- Namibia vs Ireland, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 03:30 PM IST

Predicted XIs

Stephan Baard, Zane Green (wk), Bernard Scholtz, Craig Williams, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Pikky Ya France

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Akshay Bhide
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