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News: Dutch Kervezee to join Worcestershire….

Good that finally a Dutch player has also landed a county contract this year. Though their pace of getting incorporated in the English domestic system has been much slower than that of Ireland and Scotland, at least someone has joined. Perhaps Van Bunge will also be offerred a contract for the next year. At 17, Kervezee must be one of the youngest people to be offerred a county contract, definitely the youngest from Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    September 28, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Great news for Kervezee, hopefully the ECB will keep their fingers to themselves if Kervezee’s county career takes off.

  2. Nishadh Rego
    September 28, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    I saw him play in the EurAsia series against the likes of VRV Singh and RP Singh, and let me tell you, this kid has really got talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes over Steve Tikolo’s mantle as the best batsmen outside the test Arena sooner or later.

  3. Bruce Gaskell
    September 29, 2006 at 5:03 am

    And this guys actually born and bred Dutch is he not? This is so much more postitve for county Cricket than endless Kolpak signings. I get to Worcester a couple of times a season so hopefully will see him in action.

  4. September 29, 2006 at 6:15 am

    not born…… but bred yes…….. was very young when he moved from Namibia……

    However, its a an exceptional natural talent situation……. Dutch are very lucky to have him, they are not producing players of this quality or anything……. pretty much like Tikolo,Odumbe, Otieno, Suji for Kenya…..

    I think if 3-4 Dutch players can get into counties, it will be great for them…… hopefully there will be that much awaited ‘decent’ pace bowler in that line up as well………

    Dutch should try to groom the Pakistani community for pace bowlers….. every Pakistani anywhere in the world wants to be a pace bowler !

  5. September 29, 2006 at 6:39 am

    This is so much more postitve for county Cricket than endless Kolpak signings.
    Bruce, can you elaborate on this? I dont quite follow…..

  6. dr gul khan
    September 29, 2006 at 10:15 am

    There is a guy playing for jinnah ca (promoted to eerste klasse this season) who is the fastest bowler in holland i think…His name is U. Hayat….
    I compared him what M Bukhari bowled in a tournament recently and he was much quicker than him…But he is not yet qualified to play for holland i think…he will have to wait another two years!

  7. Ram
    September 29, 2006 at 10:19 am

    I think Netherlands should thank the ECB for not including them in their domestic competition anymore; otherwise they would’ve had to field a second string team given that their main players would be away playing for counties 🙂

    But, I think this is indeed great news for Kervezee and Dutch cricket and goes to show the high standard of Dutch cricket despite having moderate playing numbers and fan base….Hopefully, Alexei’s success can have a knock-on influence on Dutch cricket and inspire a few kids to take to the game or make them turn up to watch him bat when the Dutch next play at home….

  8. September 29, 2006 at 10:52 am

    I think a couple of their bowlers also need to get into county cricket…… We will see what Jonkman is capable of, though I doubt he is of the standard that a county would be interested………

    Dr Gul……. if U Hayat is so good and so quick, why hasnt he been picked up by one of the more established Hoofdklasse Amsterdam clubs like VRA, VVV, ACC etc.?

  9. Bruce Gaskell
    September 29, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    “This is so much more postitve for county Cricket than endless Kolpak signings.
    Bruce, can you elaborate on this? I dont quite follow….. ”

    Don’t know if other cricket nations are familiar with the term…

    The ‘Kolpak’ ruling (named after a Czech handball player who wanted to play in the German league) means that all European sports leagues must give equal opportunity to all those with a European passport OR countries with a trade agreement with the EU. Basically this means that experienced pros from South Africa or Aus/NZ (many of whom can claim a European passport through their grandparents) take up positions in county cricket at the expense of English youngsters.

    I’ve made a bit of an idiot of myself as Kervezee is obviously a European citizen, and therefore a ‘Kolpak’ player. But when English Cricket fans use the term it is usually in reference to some 30 year old Australian who wants to top up his pension by playing county cricket for a few years.

  10. September 29, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Actually the Kolpak agreement would have been excellent for cricket in Europe if it had not been for the Aus/NZ/SA thingy………. As usual, when it comes to cricket, there seem to be more and more people exploiting loopholes in the laws rather than following them 🙂

  11. dr gul khan
    September 30, 2006 at 3:54 am

    Cuz he was brought in from Pakistan by JInnah Ca and they have astrong enough team to get promoted to Hoofdklasse the coming season.

  12. October 1, 2006 at 1:25 am

    well in that case….. :)…… I think i would prefer if Dutch went ahead with a weaker Dutch born and bred bowler 🙂

    I was talking about the Pakistani immigrant kids who are born and bred in Netherlands…… wasnt talking about expats, especially bringing them in like this ‘UAE/Hong Kong’ manner…..

  13. dr gul khan
    October 1, 2006 at 4:47 am

    Nasir if he wins a match for holland it will only contribute positively.

  14. October 1, 2006 at 5:03 am

    yes…. and no……. (its a long long discussion that we have had on this forum elsewhere a few times….. dont think I have the energy to get into it again :))

    btw…… first Jinnah have to win Esste Klasse…….. I think they wont be able to do it in 2007 given that Rood en Wit, Hercules and Dosti are already sitting there……….

  15. Nishadh Rego
    October 1, 2006 at 5:46 am

    Nasir..if you think about it…ppl like Pietersen…Ed Joyce..Hick and a few others are like that as well..I wouldn’t be against having one or two guys here and there..coming in and qualifying..but this shouldnt undermine local mainstreaming development like in UAE and Hong Kong..

    Nasir, did you Andrew Nixon’s interview with Rahul Sharma, the Hong Kong player?..its on his site..

  16. October 1, 2006 at 6:54 am

    I did….. and I also posted my comments on it somewhere on this site (sorry couldnt locate it right now)………. basically I thought his comment on hiring 8-10 players from subcontinent, and getting them to qualify for hong Kong was a silly statement…………

  17. March 26, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Alexei is a seriously talented cricketer and has a chance of making a career out of the game. the plan is likely to be that alexei will qulaify as English (after 5 years) by residency, so he can play as an ‘Englishman’ This is the route favoured by Robin Smith, Graeme Hick etc. It would not stop Alexei playi ng for the Nl in the meantime and will always be allowed to play for NL unless or until he plays for England.

    Then of course he’d be in a Test match team anyway.

    Alexei therefore is still available for at least the NEXt World Cup for NL in 2011, should NL make it.

    Ian Pont, NL Bowling Coach

  18. March 31, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Ian, it is great to have you comment on this blog……

    I think that the residency requirement is 4 years and not 5?

    I think that Kervezee can make a career out of playing cricket by just getting solidified in the English county circuit…… the England thing would be the next step, but the county contract is really the starting point of making a career out of playing cricket………..

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