Doubts continue over Dutch ODI
Uncertainties continue to haunt The Netherlands' projected ODI against Kenya next month, which would be their first under the new HPP system.
The itinerary for the Dutch African safari has the match scheduled for 26 March, two days before the start of the four-day Intercontinental Cup game which is the primary purpose for the tour.
But Kenya, whose five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe starts today, have arranged a visit to Bangladesh in March, and latest reports have suggested that this may put the game against The Netherlands in jeopardy.
The chief executive of the Dutch governing body (KNCB), Alex de la Mar, acknowledged today that arrangements for the ODI have yet to be finalised, but indicated that the KNCB still hopes that it will be possible to fit it in.
'Our understanding is that the Kenyans will be back in Nairobi on 25 March,' he said, 'and that it should then be possible to play the ODI on 27 March.
'We've also been discussing the possibility of playing against Kenya A instead, but the current indications are that we'll be able to play the full side.'
Abandonment of the match would be extremely unfortunate for the Dutch side, who would then have no full ODI before the visit of the Sri Lankans at the beginning of July. But it is clear that the Kenyans, smarting from their loss of automatic ODI status under the new system, are determined to play full series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.