Pierre de Bruyn appointed head coach of Namibia
Pierre de Bruyn was appointed leicestershire head coach in late 2016. (Getty Image)

Namibia have appointed Pierre de Bruyn as their head coach for the men’s senior team, his tenure starting from January 1, 2019. de Bruyn, a former First-Class cricketer in South Africa has played 91 games and replaces the outgoing Dee Thakur, who will take over as Manager of Development and Age Group Coaching.

De Bruyn was earlier a consultant with Namibia’s Under 19 team in 2015. He then moved to Leicestershire, joining the club at the start of the 2016 season to work with 2nd XI before moving up to assistant coach. In late 2016, he was appointed head coach replacing Andrew McDonald. Having served the role for a year, de Bruyn quit amid unrest.

“I am very excited to take the role as Head Coach for a national team with such rich history and tradition,” de Bruyn said.

“It is a country that has the potential to compete with the top Associate teams in the world and I am confident that we can align our vision and goals to reach success. As a former Leicestershire County Head Coach, I have learnt a lot and looking to implement good and clear strategies within the Cricket Namibia pipeline. It is important for me that every young players in Namibia should dream of playing for their country.”