Karachi: Former South African all-rounder David Wiese will be representing Namibia in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. Namibia’s national coach Pierre de Bruyn confirmed the news in a recent interview.
David Wiese joined Sussex on a three-year Kolpak deal in January 2017 after being ignored by the national selectors.
He wore South Africa jersey for the last time against Sri Lanka in the 2016 T20 World Cup match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.
Pierre de Bruyn explained that David Wiese is eligible to play for Namibia as his father was born in the country. De Bruyn expressed his excitement at having a veteran of 255 T20 games to be representing Namibia.
“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,” Bruyn was quoted as saying by The Namibian.
“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,” he added.
It must be noted that Wiese featured in six ODIs and 20 T20Is for the Proteas, scoring a total of 194 runs and picking up 33 wickets in international cricket.