Former South African all-rounder David Wiese is all set to play for Namibia in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. Namibia’s head coach Pierre de Bruyn has confirmed the same during a recent interview.
Wiese was a part of the South African team that played in the T20 World Cup 2016 that took place in India. However, due to getting limited opportunities, he opted to sign a Kolpak deal making him unable to play for South Africa.
He played six One-Day International games along with 20 T20Is, where he managed to pick 33 wickets. He last played for South Africa in 2016.
Pierre de Bruyn revealed that Wiese is eligible to play for Namibia due to his father, who was born in the country.
“David’s dad was born here, so he’s eligible to play for Namibia. He’s playing in the T20 Blast in England, but will join us after that and is also available going forward after the World Cup, so I’m super excited about that,” said De Bruyn.
The 36-year-old has played T20 cricket around the globe and has the experience of playing 255 T20 matches under his belt. De Bruyn is excited to have the veteran player in his team.
“His team, Sussex, are in the quarterfinals so we must see how far he gets there, but I hope he will be able to join for the Free State trip at least. With the experience of playing in various T20 leagues around the world, including the IPL, he will be hopeful of making an impact with his new international team,” he further added.
Namibia will be playing in the qualifying round of the T20 World Cup 2021. They are put in Group A along with Sri Lanka, Ireland and the Netherlands. Top two teams will qualify for the next round of the tournament.