The history of cricket in Namibia is closely linked with South African cricket and it became the 19th Associate Member of the ICC in 1992. They participated in all ICC Associate Trophies, and were runners up to the Netherlands in the ICC Trophy that was played in Canada to qualify for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. Namibia was runners up to Ireland in the 2008-09 Intercontinental Cup. It has participated for many seasons in the Cricket South Africa provincial competitions and has proved very competitive against some of the top sides.
In 1994, Namibia competed for the first time in the ICC Trophy, finishing in ninth place after beating Denmark in the plate final. In 1995, Namibia began to play in the second tier of South African domestic cricket again the same year.
Namibia played in the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia, finishing 15th after beating the hosts in the 15th place play-off match. Denmark toured Namibia the following year, losing in the one-day game and drawing the three-day match. The next major international action was in March 2000, when they visited Bangladesh for a triangular series also involving Malaysia. Namibia were joint winners with Bangladesh in the rain affected event. The MCC toured Namibia the following March, and Namibia won the five match series of one-day games 3–1, with one match abandoned.
The road to the 2003 Cricket World Cup
started with the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. Namibia reached the final at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, losing to the Netherlands, but still qualifying for their first World Cup. Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth.They had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania, and lost four matches against Zimbabwe. Namibia took part in the top level of South African domestic one-day cricket, the Standard Bank Cup, but lost all five of their games.Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4–1
Its disappointing eighth-place finish in the 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier meant it was relegated to 2010 Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Two and the 2009-10 ICC Intercontinental Shield. Due to winning the ICC Intercontinental Shield finals Namibia were re-instated to the ICC Intercontenetal Cup for the 2011-2013 season.
Cricket Namibia has a strong association with Cricket South Africa, which helps meet its commitment to develop cricket in Africa by allowing Namibia to participate in the amateur South African Airways three-day and one-day provincial tournament. This allows Cricket Namibia to develop players at a far higher level than it would have the opportunity to do so.
The Burger family comprising of Jan-Berrie Burger, Louis Burger, Sarel Burger have been mainstays of the team for a long time so have been the Kotze brothers. Rudi Van Vuuren is an all-rounder who has represented the country in both the cricket and rugby World Cups in 2003.