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Last updated: Monday, 13 January, 2003, 11:19 GMT

Brown answers Namibia call
Born: 29 October 1969
Playing career
Scotland XI (1988-1989)
Warwickshire (1992-present day)
Wellington (1995-1996)
England (1997/98: 9 ODI)
Coaching career:
Namibia - (2002-present day)

BBC Sport Online profiles Namibia coach Dougie Brown.

Scotland might have missed out reaching on the 2003 World Cup, but will not be without some representation at this year's event.

Flying the flag is Stirling-born Dougie Brown, who has been busy over the last few months preparing Namibia for their inaugural appearance at the event.

The African side qualified for February's limited overs tournament when they beat Scotland in the ICC Trophy in Canada in July 2001.

Brown, vice-captain at Warwickshire, might be disappointed for his countrymen, but is delighted to have kicked off his first major coaching role with Namibia.

"It's a shame Scotland aren't there - it would be lovely to be in that environment - but opportunities come in different guises," he said.

Certainly, the 33-year-old knows this is a great chance to develop his coaching credentials, which he hopes to move into full-time after his playing career finishes.

Brown was offered the job on the recommendation of Warwickshire coach, and ICC performance director, Bob Woolmer, when the vacancy came up following Eric Simons' move to coach South Africa.

We're on a hiding to nothing but one or two performances will boost everyone
Dougie Brown
His coaching experience runs to winters spent at the Edgbaston indoor centre and at local schools but Brown is also studying for a level four coaching qualification. "Some might say it's the blind leading the blind but I don't see it like that," said Brown. "Technically they are quite a reasonable side but tactically they're limited and that's one of the areas I can embrace and help prepare for the World Cup."

The Warwickshire all-rounder also has experience of competing against top level international competition, having played in nine one-day internationals for England in 1997/1998.

But Brown is under no illusions as to their chances in the World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"I'm not saying for one minute we can go over there and upset anybody.

"But if we can have one or two players have exceptional performances against some of the bigger teams, and as long as the guys learn something from the World Cup, it will be a great achievement."

Brown admitted a realistic goal for Namibia was to beat fellow minnows Holland in their group match in what he considered to be the final for his side.

"The Netherlands have really struggled on the international stage in the ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo so we're going to have to learn very fast," said Brown.

"But if facing the likes of facing Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar doesn't inspire you to do well then perhaps you never will.

"We're on a hiding to nothing but one or two performances will boost everyone."

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