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Opinion: Netherlands becoming clowns?

I understand that H Mol (or was it G Mol) was on debut. But even a 10 year old kid playing in the backyard would know not to do a “well left” when there are 7 runs needed off 3 balls…..

But it is amazing that they even got to that point. They were cruising so easily, and they had some experience as well. Its just strange what happenned.

Yesterday, when they were 33/1 against WI, it was not in anyone’s wildest imagination that they would end up being 80 all out. Their batting line up was much better against the WI, but somehow, everyone failed. We will have to wait for the Scotland and Ireland matches against the WI to know whether this was a below par performance against WI, or whether WI is not in the mood for any jokes.

I have a feeling that Scotland and Ireland, particularly the latter, will do well against WI. Ireland have something to look forward to as well. WI are only above Bangladesh in the current ODI rankings, and since Ireland has beaten bangladesh recently, playing WI at home is the best oppurtunity to knock off another test team that they will get for a while.

The other interesting piece of news is that Kervezee is also interested in playing for England. I would not say it is unexpected, but now you have someone from every associate around England who has or is going to, desert the national team for English colors. You have Amjad Khan, Kervezee, Joyce, Morgan, Coetzer.

Might as well make the associate countries into English domestic sides then. Seems like they are doing a better job for producing all these future stars for England.

Looks like the expectation from the neighbouring associates is that they produce tonnes of world class players. Thats the only way that they can field a decent one day side despite losing their best players to England.

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  1. July 12, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    The whole poaching of players by the ECB really ticks me off.

    One has to wonder why it is when England have so many players, they need to keep taking the best of the Associates. Is it really that they feel these players are the best they can field or is it a more cynical approach to ensure the Associates never get strong enough to challenge England’s monopoly of the game in the region? Either way, it is short sighted. If England cannot produce its own players, they need to make some drastic changes to their development program, or if they are holding back the Associates, they are shooting themselves in the foot financially in the long term – imagine the crowds ten years from now at the third and deciding Test between Ireland and England at Lords. Even an idiot could market that to the public and get a sold out stadium and enough tv rights to make even the Indian board salivate.

    The ICC really needs to ensure top players can earn enough playing for their countries so that they do not need to defect either to England or its counties.

  2. Cuen Lucas
    July 13, 2007 at 12:59 am

    What a lot of these players must keep in mind is that there are only so many slots in an English squad, and with each player that does defect, it increases the chances of more of them doing a “Gavin Hamilton”.

    It seems like a strange thing to say, but a lot of these player’s international careers would be better off in the long run, staying in their respective country and helping push their national side forward to a point where they are playing top level cricket consistently

    As for the game itself, how did the Netherlands manage to lose?!? It was an absolute doddle, and yet they blew it. I don’t even know what to say.

  3. July 13, 2007 at 1:35 am

    I think the question is….. is Gavin Hamilton devastated about what happenned with him? Or is he happy about the fact that he managed to break through and play a test….. secured a permanent living with the county spot….. and basically tried out for his dream which was to play top level, well played cricket in front of a huge crowd? At least he had a fair shot at it………

    i think it would be the latter……

    You cannot keep someone from having the dream that they would become regulars for the English side……

    For them to actually have a career playing for their respective countries, there would need to be large public interest, paying schedules, and a full calender……..

    At the momment, none of them is there……..

  4. July 13, 2007 at 4:52 am

    Does Gavin Hamilton regret his Test career? I think it’s safe to say that he does. Due to his poor Test debut, he got the yips, ended up losing his county place, and had to wait four years before he could play for Scotland again, when a spot in the 2001 ICC Trophy could have just been what his confidence needed.

    Given his time again, I suspect that Hamilton would have told England where they could stick his Test place.

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