Namibia squad at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers. © ICC

The Namibia squad officially started their training at the Wanderers sports ground over the weekend with all the COVID-19 protocols in place. Players will have to go through the mandatory temperature checks and also follow social distancing measures.

Eveleen Kejarukua, Namibia’s pace bowler who played has played eight T20Is so far, said she was happy to get to back to training after what has been a prolonged period of inactivity.

“It feels amazing to be back, especially before the first lockdown we were struggling with no training, with no cricket, no games, no tours. That actually broke most of our hearts, because you are used to a routine, you are used to being on the field, even if you miss classes to come to cricket,” Kejarukua told Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. “That’s how much this sport means to us.”

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Gareth Cloete, the team’s assistant coach, commented on the enthusiasm of the group adding that it was great to see them back on the field, wanting to work hard. Namibia’s last international assignment was back in September 2019 when they featured in the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers in Scotland. Cloete said it was imporant for the team to slip into a routine again and be ready for whatever challenges they are faced with on the field.

“I think it’s important for them now as a group after the qualifiers that was played a few months ago, just to get back into the routine of things making sure we working hard. You never know when the next assignment might be around the corner. With sports slowly returning around the world it’s actually going to be in good state to make sure that we are ready for when any of those competitions arise” Cloete said.

Cricket Namibia is the planning to introduce six-a-side leagues for school girls for the first time. Cloete also encouraged women and girls from all over the country to take up the sport.