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Cricket Namibia in collaboration with Capricorn Group is proud to announce the launch of the Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular T20 International tournament scheduled for 24 April until 2 May at the United Cricket Ground in Windhoek.
The Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular will feature Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Uganda who will compete against the Namibian national side, affectionately known as the Capricorn Eagles.
Women’s cricket is a sport on the rise. The Capricorn Eagles pride themselves as fearless cricketers who put in 100% and are ready to go up against big-name cricket nations. The Capricorn Eagles currently ranked 19th in the T20 International format are aiming to improve their world ranking.
“The Capricorn Women’s Quadrangular is a highlight on the cricket calendar. It is extremely important for Cricket Namibia to attract international female teams to play international cricket on home soil. Through this tournament, we can promote the women’s game and showcase the enormous talent we have,” said Johan Muller, CEO of Cricket Namibia.
“Emirates Cricket Board thanks Cricket Namibia for organising this event. We are looking forward to an entertaining and competitive tournament which will go a long way in promoting the growth of cricket in Namibia,” said General Secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board Mubashshir Usmani.
“We are fully committed to the development and growth of women’s cricket in the UAE especially our national women’s team and our participation in this tournament is about providing our players exposure and opportunities. There is a big interest in the sport across UAE and we will continue to provide domestic and international exposure to our players.”
On her part, Marlize Horn, Capricorn Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs, said the Group was proud to be associated with Cricket Namibia.
“We see the sponsorship to Cricket Namibia as an investment into the Capricorn Eagles as well as women and girls’ cricket in Namibia. Capricorn Group continues to make a positive impact in our communities of which our continued support of women’s cricket in Namibia is proof. We are proud of our Capricorn Eagles and delighted to be part of their journey,” she said.
There is great excitement around the Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular. Alan Mugume, the CEO of the Uganda Cricket Association, added: “This is the second time the Victoria Pearls are taking part in the Capricorn Eagles series. Last year was a particularly pleasant experience for a group of inexperienced players and we are grateful to Cricket Namibia for a great relationship. We look forward to the series this year and the series should help us prepare our girls for the qualifiers later in the year. We look forward to a great series and may the best team win.”
For Mark Farmer, who is the General Manager of Cricket Hong Kong, the Windhoek tournament will be an exciting opportunity for the participating countries to show their mettle.
“The Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular is an exciting tournament between four strong teams. The opportunity to play highly competitive cricket outside of Asia will provide a fantastic platform for our players to perform and gain invaluable experience. Most cricket games we play are in the Asian region so I know the team will be extremely excited to be playing cricket in new conditions and against opposition they have not had the chance to compete against previously in the case of Namibia. We have had great games against the UAE, and we are excited to play against Namibia,” he said.
Johan Muller shared his excitement about hosting three of the top teams in the World. “We are looking forward to measuring our skills against them. I want to thank Capricorn for their magnificent support towards our women’s team and the girl’s program. The partnership with Capricorn is the reason we can host events like these and also grow the game for female participants across the country. We want to thank the teams participating in the Tournament and believe that they will enjoy Namibian hospitality”.
The Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular will be broadcast on NTV, Fancode and a link will be available on Cricket Namibia Facebook page to watch on One Africa TV.