The Tim Brooks Column
Big Questions: Bas Zuiderent
What have been the biggest changes in the game for associate players since you started your career?
How significant has the introduction of professional / semi-professional contracts been in bridging the gap between the leading associates and test nations?
The ICC have increased funding for leading associates to help them become more competitive at world cups. How effective has the High Performance Programme been and what else could be done to bridge the gap?
Is the Intercontinental Cup a popular competition with the players and to what extent is it crucial as a testing ground for potential promotion to test status?
Do you think the winners of the Intercontinental Cup should get an opportunity to play a test match against the lowest ranked test nation? Is a two division Test Championship a good idea?
How important is the T20 format in spreading the game and how can associates best capitalise on this?
Should leading associates, and leading associate players, focus on T20 for the greatest opportunity to be competitive or should the ultimate aim remain promotion to test cricket?
Is Test Cricket a realistic ambition for associate nations?
ICC figures show a huge increase in player participation over the last decade. In your experience what are the most effective ways of spreading cricket to new people/communities?
What role do test nations have in raising standards and offering support to associate and affiliate nations in their region?
You played for Sussex early in your career, how easy is it for players to balance career aspirations with representing their country?
Should the ICC target lucrative markets such as USA or China or give every member an equal opportunity to progress?
What is your most cherished memory on a cricket field?
Any 'ones to watch' coming through the Dutch system to keep an eye on?
If you were asked to select an all time Netherlands XI what would it be?
What are your future aspirations in the game?
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