Three new names in squad as Dutch look forward
The Dutch selectors have named a 27-man squad for the forthcoming summer and autumn, with at least two Intercontinental Cup matches and associated ODIs, two A team tournaments and next October’s World Twenty20 qualifier in view.
Unsurprisingly, they have kept faith with the players who have achieved so much in the past couple of months, qualifying for the 2011 World Cup and beating England at Lord’s in the opening match of the current Twenty20 tournament.
There are only four names missing from those who were in the winter training list chosen last September: Darron Reekers, who has retired from international cricket; Atse Buurman, who has declared himself unavailable; the late Maurits van Nierop, who tragically died within days of returning to the national squad; and Quick Haag allrounder Lesley Stokkers.
On the other hand, five players move up from the A squad named in September. They are Stijn Allema, who has emerged as Jeroen Smits’s understudy behind the stumps; two of his team-mates at Quick, allrounder Jeroen Brand and seamer Somesh Kohli; another Quick product in Tim Gruijters, currently at the Warwickshire academy and playing in the Birmingham and District League; and HBS seamer Berend Westdijk.
And there are three new names: two South African-born batsmen in VRA’s Wesley Barresi and HCC left-hander Stephan Myburgh, both of whom are in the process of qualifying to play for The Netherlands, and young left-arm spinner Thijs van Schelven, who brings Quick’s representation in the squad up to six.
With the A team playing in the Benelux Twenty20 tournament in Schiedam on 2-4 July and in the European Championships on 11-13 August and with availability issues likely to affect team selection during the summer, there are bound to be opportunities for some of the second-string players to stake their claim to a more permanent place in the squad which goes to the UAE for the Twenty20 qualifier in October.
National coach Peter Drinnen said on Tuesday that he was very pleased with the depth of the new squad and its mix of experience and youth.
‘We’re at the start of a period building towards the next World Cup,’ he added, ‘and we’ve looked closely at the specific skills we need to cover.
‘There are several more younger guys who are also knocking on the door, and it doesn’t follow that because they didn’t make this cut that they’ve been discarded. We are continuing to identify players with potential, and not being named here doesn’t mean you’re in the wilderness.’
The full squad is:
Stijn Allema (Quick Haag), Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren (both VRA Amsterdam), Jeroen Brand (Quick Haag), Mudassar Bukhari (ACC), Daan van Bunge (Excelsior ’20 Schiedam), Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex), Tom de Grooth (HCC), Tim Gruijters (Warwickshire Academy), Mark Jonkman and Maurits Jonkman (both HCC), Muhammed Kashif (West of Scotland), Alexei Kervezee (Worcestershire), Somesh Kohli and Geert Maarten Mol (both Quick Haag),
Stephan Myburgh (HCC), Dirk Nannes (Victoria), Ruud Nijman (Hermes-DVS Schiedam), Adeel Raja (VRA), Thijs van Schelven and Edgar Schiferli (Quick Haag), Pieter Seelaar (Hermes-DVS), Jeroen Smits (HCC), Nick Statham (Hermes-DVS), Eric Szwarczynski (VRA), Berend Westdijk (HBS Den Haag), and Bas Zuiderent (VOC Rotterdam).