Bangladesh to play two T20 Internationals in Voorburg
The KNCB has announced that Bangladesh will visit the Netherlands to play two Twenty20 Internationals on 24 and 25 July, the first against Scotland and the second against their Dutch hosts. Both games will be played at Voorburg’s Westvliet ground.
KNCB Chief Executive Richard Cox said on Monday: ‘We are delighted to have secured the opportunity to host a Full Member country on home soil, as it has been some time since this last happened.
‘We also welcome Scotland and wish both teams well for an entertaining encounter. The opportunity for Peter Borren and his team to pit their skills against a top side is a wonderful experience for everyone concerned and a marker in our development. We also thank Voorburg CC for agreeing to host the games at relatively short notice.’
‘In addition I would like to thank the ICC High Performance Programme and ICC Europe for their support for the matches without which this could not take place. We will also endeavour to have suitable start times to cater for interested supporters to attend the matches.’
The last Full member to visit the Netherlands was Sri Lanka, who played two ODIs in Amstelveen in 2006.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim confirmed: ‘The T20 game is a great leveller, and our matches against the Netherlands and Scotland should be very interesting. Netherlands have beaten England in a World T20 game and Scotland has some fine players.
‘The Bangladesh side will obviously try to put on a good show. We have the world’s best allrounder in Shakib Al Hasan and some exciting names like Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain. Our natural attacking style compliments the Twenty20 format and I am sure the cricket fans will be entertained.
‘We are also very happy to play during this Europe tour three Associate countries that have shown a great intent in developing their cricket.’
The Dutch beat Bangladesh in a rain-affected ODI in Glasgow in 2010 to reach the ICC’s main rankings table, but were beaten comfortably when the sides met in Dhaka during last year’s World Cup.
Netherlands captain Peter Borren, said; ‘We can’t wait for this game, and our current form suggests we can put in a really good performance against a top side.’