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Opinion: Lets not discount Namibia U19….

After reading up on their squad, I realized that they have 4 players in their side who have played first class cricket, and 2 were even in the recent game against UAE, with David Botha making a century.

The other 2, Sean Silver and van der Westhuzen, have played the first class games against SA provincial opposition, and Sean Silver, who is 17, did quite well against one of them.

They are in the same group as Nepal, Aus and Sri. So far, we have only focussed on Nepal as having a chance to cause an upset….. maybe we should not discount Namiabia either.

Btw, if they beat Nepal, would that be an upset? 🙂

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  1. February 7, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Interesting! I believe Namibia are capable to turning tables. If Nepal can do why not Namibia? And, if they beat Nepal, I won’t take that as an upset for the world cricket.

  2. February 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Ujjwal….. how is your team looking this WC btw? Was the 2006 team the strongest yet? or is this one strong too? The previous one breezed through ACC qualifying without even being pushed in the final; this one has not had it that easy……..

  3. February 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I could say this Nepali team is not that much strong as previous one but yet capable enough to pick out some upsets.
    As usual, batting is our main concern whenever it works then bowling and fielding is good enough for upsets.

  4. February 11, 2008 at 5:43 am

    The strength of this team depends on how the new players will perform. We are used to have players performing unexpectedly in the world cup.

    I believe this team is equally good as that of 2006. Afghanistan is always a strong team for their close-ties with Pakistan, so their push in the final this year’s qualification was not something out of surprise.

  5. February 11, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Interesting results in day 1 of the warm-ups.

    Bang easily beat Malaysia
    India scrapped past NZ by 5 runs
    Ireland sneaked home against PNG by 2 wickets
    Eng beat Pak by 4 wickets

  6. February 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    strange results…..
    looks like NZ may have worked hard this time around after being knocked out by Nepal in the last edition….. not good news I guess for any of the teams expectinga walkover NZ this time around…… and PNG/Ireland……. whats going on there?

  7. Tom Lewis
    February 12, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Nasir, according to the Ireland coach it was a poor performance but considering Shannon and Dougherty (The best two performers in the recent games in India) were rested as well as Richard Keaveney it was a decent win. I don’t think the results matter too much at this stage although looking at the winning margins in some games it seems to give a good indicator of the strength of some teams.

  8. February 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    Australia beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets
    South Africa beat Namibia by 9 wickets
    West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
    Nepal beat Bermuda by 188 runs

    My goodness! Bermuda are terrible at this level as well… 68 all out …… their senior team just ended up having the worst defeat in Stanford2020 against Guyana…… the excuse they gave was that some of their players are in U19 WC!……. if they had lost like this against a test team it was one thing……. but this Nepal team is not supposed to be as strong as their teams of the past……. Afghanistan must be cringing in their beds right now at ICC’s silly qualification approach……….

    Hopefully they can prove me wrong, and put up a better performance in their second warm up……..

  9. Nishadh Rego
    February 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Thats pretty substandard from Bermuda…68 allout against Nepal doesn’t bode good signs for the tournament..forget Afghanistan..even teams like Oman, Singapore, and UAE scored more than 68 when they played Nepal in the ACC U-19 tournament..albeit in different circumstances..this however shows that Bermuda are either really struggling even with their U-19 side or that Asia has quite a few relatively strong U-19 teams.

  10. Chris
    February 12, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Or it could mean both (that Bermuda is struggling at the U-19 level and that Asia has a few relatively strong U-19 sides).

  11. February 12, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Or it could mean that Nepal is very very strong 🙂

  12. Noire
    February 13, 2008 at 3:01 am

    I wud love to believe that too Rego..lol. Well we have done relatively well against Bdesh. Even the one we lost with 111, they were playing to finish 50 overs, and the next game was pretty close. And now this huge win against Bermuda. The game against Zimbabwe and we shud get a bit clearer picture. I still believe our team is as strong as the last one if not strong. Its just that we dont have a big name like we had Kaniska and Sharad last time. But we also have proved performers like capt Khadga, Raj Shrestha G Malla n Abhaya Rana in other U games. And Mahesh Chettri is also immensly expexerienced having played the last WC and is the first team WK.

    So prospect looking good. I just hope this time round we not just beat one test country in the league round and try ride on our luck, but beat both Sri Lanka and Australia. We have regularly killed giants before, and I believe we will do it again!

  13. February 13, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Noire…… lets take it one step at a time shall we 🙂

    Nepal would do very very very well to beat either one of Aus or Sri……. and if they do that, then they have an easIER game against Namibia…… which they should win if they have beaten a big boy……… that should put them through to the super league, which I think is what Nepal is hoping for this time around………

    Somehow, from what I have seen so far, the big8 have worked hard this time and are not in thie WC to kid around…….. NZ, SA, WI all look strong…….. and these 2 are usually the weakest at this level………

  14. February 13, 2008 at 4:45 am


    IND U/19 beat ENG U/19 by 6 wickets
    PAK U/19 beat BAN U/19 by 5 wickets
    NZ U/19 beat IRE U/19 by 181 runs
    MAL U/19 beat PNG U/19 by 59 runs

    So much for Ireland being a stronger contender, and so much for NZ being weak!……. for Ireland, Stirling scored 72 off 50 balls, so at least they have something to cheer about in a sorry game……… Malaysia beating PNG…… I am getting tired of saying the same thing over and over again……. right now, probably both UAE and afghanistan are cribbing in thier beds!

  15. Ram
    February 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Having followed both their warmup games, it’s Ireland that have been the most disappointing so far, especially their game against NZ….However, I think it would be premature to write-off their chances against Eng in their group game…

    Also surprising has been Aus’ and SA’s demolition of Zim and Nam….I think Zim and Nam should be doing a lot better than this…PNG have not been as disgraceful so far as was thought to be….Bermuda…shouldn’t be here…

    On the whole, it’s obvious now that the 4th team in every group is still much weaker than the rest…I think the ICC should first look to address this because the sooner they have 16 teams competitive against each other at the U19 level, the better their foundation will be to stretch the senior version to include more Associates…

  16. Tom Mather
    February 13, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Having Kenya, Afghanistan and UAE here would strengthen the 4th team, but then the weaker regions wouldn’t get their chance. Maybe having a preliminary qualification tournament for the Associates & Affiliates would be best, but I don’t think there is a solution which is perfect.

  17. Noire
    February 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Well I think U19 WC is getting more serious with the every passing WC.One simple solution could be to follow the qualifications like in the proper world cup. Stronger teams have more chances to qualify…and the weaker teams actually get to play more games too. And they do stand the chance. It might be tough on them, but if they are good enough then they will come through. That way the U19WC will actually see the strongest team through.

    They even had talks abt Nepal having to play off with Scotland to gain a place. Wut was all that chat about. I am sure we are good enough to beat them, but every dog has their bad day. Wut if we had one bad day against the Scottish team and we hadnt made it to this WC. Wud it really be fair? I seriously think ICC need to properly rethink their policies!

  18. Noire
    February 13, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    (Sorry Off topic Message)

    BTW Ujjwal ji,

    If u happen to visit anytime sooner…wuts up with our fanclub webpage. Please sort it out sooner! I am sure there are many of us willing to pour our hearts out and sing the deeds such as humiliating Namibia. We need a place to (point and) laugh at when we give a similar or better thrashing to Srilanka and then the Ozzies. Bring on the giant killing spree!

  19. ramesh
    February 13, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Giant-killers Nepal aims to upset Australia and Sri Lanka in Group C
    Find the article in Nepal Cricket Fanclub or ICC U19 Worldcup Offical website

  20. February 14, 2008 at 12:14 pm


    WI U/19 beat AUS U/19 by 5 wickets
    SL U/19 beat SA U/19 by 23 runs
    ZIM U/19 beat NEP U/19 by 3 wickets
    NAM U/19 beat BER U/19 by 102 runs

  21. Nishadh Rego
    February 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    both Australia and SA rested key players..if that counts for something.

  22. February 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I think Bermuda also rested key players, and they plan to rest them throughout the tournament as well……

  23. Uday
    February 15, 2008 at 5:21 am

    It seems Nepal’s batting relies over it’s two most experienced players Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka. Others have not yet shown any creditable performance so far. However, the names like Abhay Rana, Antim Thapa and Akash Gupta had done well in domestic games and are capable to carry responsibilities by themselves. They might need some more practices to accommodate the extreme pressure of this level. Bowling department also has some flaws, but good enough to challenge the stronger side. Though many here claims that this is not as stronger as last WC side, I think Nepal is strong enough to beg 2-3 major upsets in this edition of WC as well.

  24. February 15, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    If things weren’t already tough enough for Bermuda, they appear to have lost 3 players from the original squad.

    Stefan Kelly and Lamar Richardson were key players. I don’t know much about the other player Kevon Fuber.

  25. Efaz
    February 20, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Malaysia has beaten Zimbabwe by 70 runs !


    I guess Malaysia will be facing the loser of Nepal-Namibia match in the plate qf.

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