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Namibia to stage grassroots children’s cricket tournament

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Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, which will play host to an upcoming children’s cricket tournament next month. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Cricket Namibia has introduced a new cricket tournament for under 11 and 13’s in order to grow the numbers and develop the game in the country, an official said Friday.

The tournament is scheduled to take place from August 21 to 25 in Windhoek.

Cricket Namibia development manager Hestelle Haccou said in an interview with Xinhua that the event would aim to provide a safe platform for youngsters in the sport.

“This new tournament is a platform to provide more game time for players and a healthy and safe cricket environment,” she added.

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According to Haccou teams can be entered from private entities as clubs, academies, and individually.

“The 6-a-side game structure will also be part of this year’s tournament because it is easier to enter a team with 6-8 players. The normal 11-a-side teams will still form part of the tournament,” she added.

Haccou added that the state of grassroots cricket in Namibia is healthy and growing daily.

“Cricket Namibia is running an Ashburton Mini Cricket Program at government schools in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Gobabis, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Ondangwa, Khorixas, Outjo, and Walvis Bay,” she said.

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