Dutch Select squad set for Indian tour
A strong Dutch squad will fly to India next weekend to play four Twenty20 matches and three fifty-over games.
The side will be captained by Peter Borren, and is largely made up of players who have represented their country in the course of this summer. Only four of them, however – Borren, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adeel Raja, and Darron Reekers – were in the World Cup squad.
Ten Doeschate’s presence in the party is a major boost for the side, which will take on Indian state and representative opposition during the tour. Alexei Kervezee (Worcestershire) was originally included, but was not released by his county.
Although it is not billed as a full Dutch tour (it is sponsored by financial trading company Optiver), it will provide valuable experience for the rising generation of internationals, many of whom are likely to be part of next year’s Intercontinental Cup side and the build-up to the 2009 World Cup qualifying tournament.
Allrounders Mudassar Bukhari, Geert Maarten Mol and Jelte Schoonheim, wicketkeeper-batsman Atse Buurman, and seamers Maurits Jonkman and Somesh Kohli all made their international debuts this season, and this will be their first experience of a more extended tour.
Quick Haag allrounder Jeroen Brand is included for the first time, and there is a recall for opening batsman Maurits van Nierop, who just missed out on a place in the World Cup squad and has recently been living in Cape Town, missing the 2007 Hoofdklasse season.
With Reekers, Bukhari and Brand in the party there is no shortage of explosive batting, while Ten Doeschate’s county experience will be extremely valuable with both bat and ball.
The side will play its first match on 17 September, when it takes on Uttar Pradesh in a Twenty20 game in Meerut. They will then play Punjab, defeated finalists in the 2006-07 Indian interstate Twenty20 competition, in Patiala the following day.
There are two further Twenty20 matches, against a Punjabi side, in Chandigarh on 20 and 21 September, after which the squad will move to Mumbai. There they will play three one-day games against a Rest of India XI on 24, 26 and 28 September.
The side will be coached by KNCB director of youth cricket Roland Lefebvre, while the party will be jointly managed by Ed van Nierop and Shyam Tewarie.
The full squad is:
Peter Borren (captain, VRA), Atse Buurman (Voorburg), Jeroen Brand (Quick Haag), Mudassar Bukhari (VVV), Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex), Tom de Grooth (HCC), Maurits Jonkman (HCC), Somesh Kohli (Quick Haag), Geert Maarten Mol (Quick Haag), Adeel Raja (VRA), Pieter Seelaar (Hermes-DVS), Darron Reekers (Quick Haag), Maurits van Nierop (VRA), and Jelte Schoonheim (VOC).