Gerhard Erasmus to lead Namibia at T20 World Cup; Lohan Louwrens, Tangeni Lungameni make the cut
Pierre de Bruyn, Albie Morkel and Morne Morkel part of the team's support staff for the tournament
Gerhard Erasmus has been retained as Namibia's captain for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, having led them into the Super 12s of 2021 tournament in the UAE. The 16-member squad also features T20 globetrotter David Wiese and left-arm seamer Ruben Trumpelmann who earned a gig with Desert Vipers for the upcoming International League T20 in the UAE.
Trumpelmann had grabbed eyeballs at the last T20 World Cup, when he struck three times in the first over against Scotand in Abu Dhabi.
The squad also included wicketkeeper-batter Lohan Louwrens, batter Divan la Cock and seamer Tangeni Lungameni, who will all be playing their first World Cup.
Nambia's coaching group has a rich South African flavour in the form of Pierre de Bruyn (head coach), Albie Morkel (assistant coach) and Morne Morkel (bowling consultant). Both de Bruyn and Albie were part of Namibia's impressive World Cup campaign last year.
Former South Africa allrounder Wiese, who is currently playing for St Lucia Kings in CPL 2022, will once again be central to Namibia's chances at the tournament. Wiese has also had stints in the PSL, IPL and more recently with Northern Superchargers in the Hundred.
Jan Nicol Lofie-Eaton who has also had exposure outside Namibia - he had recently trained with Lahore Qalandars, the current PSL champions, in Pakistan - is in the mix too.
In the opening round of the T20 World Cup, Namibia will take on Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka, Netherlands and UAE in Geelong.