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Opinion: KNCB’s SGM…

The new Dutch governing body was sworn into the office on Tuesday and they laid out their priorities and plans. Some of the good things they mentioned I thought were the following:

‘It’s now or never . . .’ he said. ‘Something really has to happen, now.’, Chairman Asselbergs

‘If we are going to encourage new sponsors,’ Westermann pointed out, ‘we need to organise more events.

Finally, they laid out the priorities as the following, which I think were spot on (my comments are in parenthesis).

– Priorities for the Board include semi-professional status for the leading international players, (very very good)
– creation and improvement of links with English County cricket, (get 10 full games against county opposition every year)
– one major international event in each Dutch season, (invite 1 test team, and 1 associate team for a double round robin triangular)
– better integration within The Netherlands’ multicultural cricketing community,
– an improved structure for domestic competition, (?)
– expansion of youth and women’s cricket,  (take the game to about 6000 kids every year, at least 600 of them will become players)
– and a KNCB office which is ‘fit for purpose’.

The question is whether they are going to go ahead and do something about it, or is it just going to be a paper analysis and the same situation 10 years from now. The “Now or Never” statement makes me think that they will probably improve, and that they want to take the oppurtunity…….

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    October 20, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    There has been a considerable shift in the KNCB’s attitude and
    it looks like they really are getting serious about improving Dutch cricket. I’m looking forward to seeing these changes materialize and the Dutch beginning to really move forward.

  2. October 21, 2006 at 2:33 am

    I would want to know if they have always APPEARED to be this serious even in the past…… but never really acted on the plans……… if that is the case, then there is perhaps nothing really to be excited about…..

    Having said that, one has to keep in mind that given the marginal following of the game in Holland, and the small player base, KNCB has achieved a lot lot more than many other countries of the world, and should be commended on that…….

    Nepal needs to learn a little bit in this regard from Holland……

  3. Peter Snyman
    October 22, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    The problem is that the top Associate countries are very good at producing these plans which appear to say all the right things. However, in practice, they rarely deliver the goods. Their domestic cricket is very unattractive to sponsors and hence they will never have the internal finance to do what they claim they will do – or at least that is what they roll out as their usual excuse for failure.

  4. Ram
    October 27, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve a few doubts about Dutch cricket: why is it that the KNCB in all its meetings always presents a dark, gloomy picture of the current status and talks of setting things right?…If Dutch cricket has indeed gone backwards, how come they are now stronger than what they were 10 years back?…Am I right that the current Dutch team is the strongest team to have EVER represented the country, especially on the batting front?…Haven’t all this been possible because standards in the Hoofdklasse have gone up?…Not only that, aren’t their age-group teams on par with Scotland, if not better which probably indicates that the decline isn’t as pronounced as what’s projected?…Have all this come about DESPITE the decrease in playing numbers?…

  5. October 27, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Netherlands is quite strong because of ten Doeschate, Reekers, Borren etc. today. All these guys are from other countries. I think the Dutch teams of the past had all local players………

    But it would be interesting to get KNCBs opinion about whether the current Dutch team is the strongest Dutch team ever…… as you said, at least on the batting front….. I think bowling wise its the weakest Dutch team ever 🙂

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