David Wiese, a former South African cricketer, will play for Namibia in the 2018 T20 World Cup. In a recent interview, Namibian national coach Pierre de Bruyn verified the news.
Wiese made 194 runs and took 33 wickets in six ODIs and 20 T20Is for the Proteas. After being overlooked by the national selectors, he signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Sussex in January 2017.
In a 2016 T20 World Cup encounter at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, the 36-year-old wore the South Africa jersey for the final time against Sri Lanka.
Wiese is eligible to represent Namibia in international cricket because his father was born there.
“David’s father was born in Namibia, thus he is qualified to play for the country. He’ll be joining us after the T20 Blast in England, and he’ll also be available after the World Cup, so I’m really looking forward to that.
“His team, Sussex, is in the quarterfinals, so we’ll see how far he gets, but I hope he’ll be able to join us for the Free State trip at the very least,” De Bruyn was reported in an English newspaper in Namibia as saying.
Wiese, who has played in a variety of franchise leagues throughout the world, including the Titans, will be trying to make an impression with both the bat and the ball for his new international team.