Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 2, 2016

Namibia coach optimistic despite big defeat

Namibia Under-19 have had a memorable tournament so far, including victory against defending champions South Africa © ICC

Namibia Under-19s may have slumped to an eight-wicket defeat, but Norbert Manyande, the team's coach, was happy that Bangladesh Under-19 took his side seriously. Manyande claimed that the grass had been shaved off from the pitch at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in order to counter Namibia's pace attack.

"Bangladesh knew our seam bowling is very good for the way we bowled against South Africa and against Scotland as well," Manyande said. "We have been here [in Cox's Bazar] for two weeks and have played in this venue once and today was the first time I saw the pitch without grass. So we definitely gave them something to think about. Whether people will accept that or not, that's up to them.

"Once we give a Test side to think of something like that then we know that we are here not to mess around, we are here to play cricket. And they did their homework, they are the home side and the won the game. There is no doubt that they played really well and we learned a lot out of it as well."

Manyande felt Namibia now go into the quarter-final against India having learned more about playing spin, though they were shot out for 65 in 32.5 overs against Bangladesh.

"Moving forward, I don't think we are going to face any spin attack as good as Bangladesh, as far as we have seen so far. So moving forward we are quite confident that we will still be able to win one or two games and surprise someone again.

"We are here to compete. We have learned a lot from spin bowling from the Bangladesh game. In the next game we are looking to improve a lot more facing the spin bowling."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dar on February 4, 2016, 0:55 GMT

    Anyone know what the format if this round? If BD and India win the quarter final, do they play each other on semifinal?

  •   Sameer MA on February 3, 2016, 2:06 GMT

    BD should make a fast bowling pitch with lots of grass for India vs Namibia match to test Indian batsmen. If Namibia gets an upset, it will be a boon for BD who they will play for the final match. As far as it seems, India is the tournament favorite. However, if BD can improve further, specially, their batting they are not far behind. Go tigers!

  •   Mohaiminul Islam Mufti on February 2, 2016, 17:31 GMT

    So, Mr. Manyande is saying that Namibia would have been able to defend 65 if Bangladesh had not shaved the grass off from the pitch? Honestly, this is the lamest excuse I have ever come across. By the way, Namibia hasn't become a world-class team yet that Bangladesh has to fear them. What about the South Africa game? Did Bangladesh shave the grass off from the pitch prior to that game too? No. So, as Bangladesh did not 'fear' South Africa, how on earth should they fear Namibia? Manyande's claims and excuses are utter illogic. This should not be how a mature person speaks.

  • Chris on February 2, 2016, 14:41 GMT

    Batting practice for India in the quarters...

  • mijanul on February 2, 2016, 14:17 GMT

    I'd disregard what the coach said. Pay no attention. This is an ICC mandated tournament. ICC is in charge of pitches and stadium.

    Had it been a bi-lateral series where the host has a say on the condition, I would take a heed.

    Congrats to Namibian team for making it to knock out stage of the tournament. One can see the hard work they have put in.

  • Adam on February 2, 2016, 12:04 GMT

    Cut it out mate and stop with the excuses. I saw the game and it was disgraceful effort from Namibia. They lacked intensity and failed to deliver with their bowling, batting and fielding.

  •   Md Tanvir Ahmed on February 2, 2016, 11:48 GMT

    It is universal truth that every host country prepare pitch for their own way, nothing wrong in here. Namibia played well in this world cup so far, but they shouldn't be overconfident to defeat a country like Bangladesh. Remember Bangladesh is the favorite team in this U-19 world cup.

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