Trent Johnston to play for Quick Haag in play-off series?
The internet has been buzzing in recent days with rumours about moves by both HBS Den Haag and Quick Haag in advance of their best-of-three promotion-relegation series over the Easter weekend, with various exchanges on Facebook and elsewhere.
But the latest news from Ireland seems to go beyond mere rumour: a report from an impeccable source reveals that former Irish international captain Trent Johnston has agreed to turn out for Quick this weekend.
This is permitted because the KNCB ruled that the matches would be played under the 2011 version of the playing conditions, which abolished the 15 February residence deadline and allows four overseas players per team.
Johnston also does not fall foul of the reintroduced rule about playing in an overseas competition, since that is restricted to the period between 1 May and the second weekend of September.
Chairman of Quick’s cricket section Robert Burger refused to confirm or deny the Irish reports when asked about them on Tuesday.
The Australian-born Johnston, who played five times for New South Wales at the outset of his career and has appeared for Ireland in 52 ODIs, will add enormously to a Quick side which struggled throughout last season’s Topklasse campaign but which is determined to retain its top-flight status now that it has been given a reprieve as a result of the Dosti affair.
But it will be lost on few observers of the Dutch cricket scene that it is a profound irony that Quick – and perhaps HBS – are now capitalising on rule changes which permit the same sort of arrangements which cost Dosti promotion when they made them last season.