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Namibia’s David Wiese retires from international cricket after emotional T20 World Cup farewell

Namibia’s David Wiese retires from international cricket after emotional T20 World Cup farewell

David Wiese may be retiring from international cricket, but his impact on Namibian cricket will be long-lasting. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence and serves as an inspiration for future generations of Namibian cricketers.

Namibia’s talismanic all-rounder David Wiese has announced his retirement from international cricket following his team’s final T20 World Cup 2024 group stage match against England.

Fitting farewell on T20 World Cup

David Wiese’s international career came to a close in a rain-affected encounter against England. He played a crucial role in Namibia’s chase of a revised target of 126 runs in 10 overs, scoring a quickfire 27 off 12 deliveries before departing in the final over.

He received a guard of honour from his teammates upon his dismissal, a testament to his contribution to Namibian cricket.

David Wiese retires

In a post-match press conference, David Wiese explained his decision to retire. At 39 years old, he acknowledged the upcoming T20 World Cup in two years’ time might be too far ahead.

While expressing his desire to continue playing domestically, Wiese felt this World Cup match was the perfect opportunity to bow out of international cricket on a high note.

Namibia laud David Wiese impact

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus lauded Wiese’s significant contribution to the team, both on and off the field. He praised Wiese’s leadership qualities and the inspiration he provided to younger players.

Career highlighted by World Cup success

David Wiese, who originally hails from South Africa, has enjoyed a successful international career with Namibia since becoming eligible in 2021.

He played a pivotal role in Namibia’s qualification for the Super 12 stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup and continued to impress in subsequent tournaments.

His standout performance in the 2024 World Cup included a three-wicket haul against Oman and a crucial all-round display in a Super Over victory.

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David Wiese legacy lives on

David Wiese may be retiring from international cricket, but his impact on Namibian cricket will be long-lasting. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence and serves as an inspiration for future generations of Namibian cricketers.

While fans won’t see him don the national colours anymore, Wiese’s talents are likely to continue shining in franchise cricket around the world.

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