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News: Netherlands annouce squad for Sri lanka ODIs

Ryan Ten Doeschate will only be available for 1 of the games against Sri lanka. This was annouced today when Netherlands released their squad for the 2 ODIs next week. There is no place foe Atse Buurman, Mark Jonkman. The old 35+ brigade featuring Smits, Van Troost, De Leede, Stelling and Reekers is all there. Reekers is still iffy, and if he cant pass a fitness test on Monday, I am expecting Jonkman to be drafted in. Stelling returns to the side who has not played for Netherlands for almost a year I think.

I would have selected Atse Buurman as a batsman for the game on Thursday to replace Ten Doeschate when he will not be available, but the Dutch are going ahead with Tom de Grooth instead.

The team looks like the following:

Ten Doeschate/ De Grooth
Van Bunge
De Leede
Van Troost
Reekers/ Borren

I think the bowling line up is very weak, but its not like there are any good bowlers sitting around being ignored. I think the batting line up is fairly strong, but will have trouble against Malinga and Vaas.

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  1. Ram
    July 1, 2006 at 11:49 am


    I’m afraid that the way SL, especially one Mr. Jayasuriya is playing, it may not matter who Netherlands pick 🙂 …I hope Netherlands can show some of the competitive spirit that their European counterparts have shown over the last couple of weeks because a strong performance by the national team is imperative to popularize the game in the country..

    Two, Kenya A once again lose convincingly to Denmark..Will the ICC bother to look into this from both the Kenyan and Danish point of views?

    Three, Fiji had to depend on a 42 run final wicket partnership and 29 wides to scrap past Cook Islands, who were defeated by Japan..this seems to indicate clearly that ALL three teams are similarly ranked and are perfectly capable of beating each other on any given day despite the fact that Fiji have been playing cricket for decades!…Hopefully, Japan can come back stronger in two years time and get past their regional rivals into the WCQS Div III..

  2. July 1, 2006 at 2:32 pm


    1) It seems that Sri is a tough bet for Netherlands. But then again, a decent performance against them will make them look as good as England 🙂

    2) Denmark national team is currently much weaker than Kenya. Kenya A team was never strong, basically, Kenya was always about the 4-5 players who are all retiring after the next world cup or so. ICC HAS asked Kenya to qualify again for the 2011 WC, I think that will fix the problem. If Kenya is too weak, which I think it will be, it will not qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

    In essence this is a pity, because something similar to 2003 WC performance in soccer would have seen soccer become a national craze in Kenya. Cricket still could not muster much support, following, or playing numbers. Plus giving a regular calender to Kenya would have helped raise the profile of the sport in Kenya in the last 10 years. Thats when they had a solid and young team and would have leanrt a lot and improved.

    3) Fiji is much stronger than Cook Islands and Japan. Cook Islands and Japan are at par. One off game here and there can go against anyone.

  3. Ram
    July 1, 2006 at 2:43 pm


    Was it the ICC who decided these ODI fixtures for the three European Associates?..I don’t know why Netherlands are hosting two ODIs against SL when they will only break even. Rather, a more popular team like Pakistan or England could have been invited so that the KNCB could have also made money while SL could have played in Ireland or Scotland, where you can expect a few thousand people anyway for an official ODI!

  4. Cuen Lucas
    July 1, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not sure that the Sri Lankan selectors would be too keen on playing the likes of Jayasuria and Vaas for these games, so that could be two major problems out the way, but they’ll still be a potent side. And with the Dutch bowling attack looking a bit thin, the Dutch fielding is going to have to be super sharp.

  5. July 1, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    I think the ICC set up these games.

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