The ICC-Africa Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers, which were to take place next month in Namibia, have been postponed to February, it has been revealed.
Organisers have rescheduled the qualifying matches to give teams ample time to prepare for the event, according to the national Under-19 cricket team coach, Hamis Abdallah.
Abdallah, whose side returned home last week from Nairobi, Kenya where they competed in the pre-qualifying tournament, said he will amend the mistakes he noted during the Kenya tournament before the Namibia qualifiers start.
“I will work on the weakness I noted during our pre-qualifiers tournament in Kenya to ensure to perform well in Namibia,” said Abdallah.
‘My players were not good enough in batting and fielding during the pre-qualifying championship. They, therefore, must work hard on these areas if they are to make a mark in Nairobi,” he added.
The Nairobi tournament had four teams- hosts Kenya A, Kenya B, Uganda and Tanzania.
It was aimed at giving the East African teams an opportunity to hone their skills ahead of next year’s ICC-Africa World Cup qualifiers.
Tanzania finished fourth after losing to Uganda by 9 wickets in the third place play off. Kenya A claimed top honour after beating Kenya B in the final.
The local cricketers qualified for the World Cup Qualifiers Division 1, after emerging winners of the ICC of Africa Under-19 Division Two title held in Lusaka, Zambia a few month ago. They snatched the title after winning all their five games in the Lusaka championship. Their outstanding performance earned them direct promotion to the Division One.
In their final match, they silenced Rwanda by 119 runs at Lusaka’s Metropolitan Sports Club recent.
The team, now on recess, will resume training on Monday at the Muhimbili Cricket Academy in Dar es Salaam, according to Abdallah.
“We want our players to undergo adequate and scientific preparations ahead of the ICC-Africa Under-19 qualifiers,” he said.