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There was some good news in cricket this week, with multiple nations working on global pandemic challenges to announce series in April

The first taxi of the rank was Namibia, which this Friday starts a bilateral multi-format series against its African rival Uganda

After both teams haven’t played international cricket for over a year, the T20I and 50-Over games will help them find a form ahead of several major ICC events. Namibia will host the T20 World Cup in October ICC men as well as planned events in the qualification path of the ICC World Cricket Championship for Men of the Second Division for the ICC World Cricket Championship for Men 2023 Head coach Pierre de Bruyn recognized the importance of ‘The Big Dance’ in his plans with the team against Uganda to: “Every game is vital to the preparation for the T20 World Cup and allows us to consider new combinations and possibly a few fringe players. The players have been training very hard during the suspension period and this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their skills to ask “

For Uganda, the Lawrence Mahatlane series is the first coaching stint since signing last year. Mahatlane, who coached the South African team in the 2016 and 2020 editions of the U19 World Cup, has and will highlight the importance of youth paths for local development expected to set up an experimental squad in Windhoek, like de Bruyn, however, he keeps an eye on the events of the ICC trails throughout the year, particularly the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League series slated for September in Jersey: “It’s an exciting tour because Namibia is where we want to be”It will give us the opportunity to see where we are against an ODI team and what areas we have to work on, especially now that we have five months to go to Jersey”

In accordance with Namibian COVID-19 regulations, no spectators are allowed at the Wanderers venue, but Cricket Namibia plans to provide streaming coverage for the games

Elsewhere in the Associated World and in Nepal we have outperformed a bilateral series with the announcement of a T20I tri-series with Malaysia and the Netherlands until 24 April played over a week and is the first official international match for the participating teams in over a year An impressive logistical effort is made possible by sponsoring local motorcycles and cement companies

For Nepal, the series is coming as local coronavirus cases were brought back under control after a peak late last year and the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) advised that the spring weather is well suited for cricket Bio-Bubble played, with all games taking place on the grounds of the TU (Tribhuvan University) in Kathmandu CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand praised the work of the Dutch and Malaysian boards to make this possible: “I. I would like to thank both Dutch cricket and Malaysian cricket for working closely together in a very short time to get this series off the ground. We are excited to announce the return of international cricket to Nepal “

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As with the Namibians, the Dutch coach Ryan Campbell uses the games to test his squad depth before the decisive home game series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Championship Super League against Ireland (planned for June in Utrecht) and of course their performance at the T20 World Championship in October

None of the Dutch players signed overseas will be performing, and some youngsters like Vikram Singh and Philippe Boissevain are expected to top their hats Campbell expressed his excitement about finally getting his team back on the field: “Having not played since November 2019, I am overjoyed with the Tri Series announcement in Nepal. The guys have worked so hard for over a year with so much uncertainty about when our next game will be when we are in Nepal against Playing in Nepal and Malaysia, we will have an extremely difficult re-entry into world cricket, but it is a challenge that we are very much looking forward to “

For its part, Malaysia has been approved for travel by the Department of Sports and Youth, and the President of the Malaysia Cricket Association, Mahinda Vallipuram, thanked CAN for hosting the series: “It is indeed very gratifying to see the revival of international cricket after a year to see -long drought Nepal is a great cricket country and Malaysia is excited to be in Nepal to resume our international journey! Thank you CAN for the opportunity “

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the planned series as the upcoming men’s square T20I tournament in Krefeld, Germany has been suspended as Europe struggles with a new surge in infection rates and 16 May take place and the hosts as well as Spain, France and Norway include a deteriorating health situation and new bans have forced the German Cricket Association (DCB) to postpone the tournament, which should serve as a warm-up phase before the European regional qualifiers for the T20 World Cup The DCB and other boards remain obliged to play the series as soon as it is deemed safe to do so

The Papua New Guinea coaching team has been reorganized National coach Joe Dawes has been replaced by Carl Sandri, who also takes on the role of high-performance manager overseeing the programs for men, women and juniors.Sandri played for Italy between 2012 and 2017 and has worked in the coaching field in Australia for the past few years – especially in the women’s department of the Prahran Cricket Club in Melbourne, where he looks after the Australian all-rounder Annabel Sutherland

He is also a physical education teacher at the renowned St Kevin’s College in Melbourne Sandri is expected to begin his term at PNG this week However, his arrival date in Port Moresby has yet to be set as the country’s health officials are currently battling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases

Outgoing coach Joe Dawes is working on the transition process and was part of the team that selected Sandri to replace him. He has high hopes for the new partnership between Sandri and Cricket PNG: “Carl is a ripper, he has tremendous experience , high quality references and a good reputation and has the advantage of already working in the associate cricket field. He is enthusiastic, has a passion for the game, is definitely qualified and fits well with CPNG, especially in the playgroup “

Dawes, who unexpectedly resigned last week, had served three years in that position and led the Barramundis to numerous successes on the field, including qualifying for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 and this year’s T20 World Cup as the main reason for his decision he cited the desire to spend more time with loved ones: “After ten years of traveling the world with my cricket roles, it is time for me to spend some time at home to help my family ‘

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