Crucial points on the table as West Indies meet Netherlands
The Cricket World Cup Super League resumes in Amsterdam with the Netherlands hosting the West Indies.
The series could prove to have a huge bearing on the competition, with West Indies currently outside of the automatic qualification places for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
The tourists are ten points behind New Zealand who hold the eighth and final automatic spot, and time is running out for the side, who have already played 15 of their 24 matches in the competition. A clean sweep of the series could put them in third place, albeit with a slew of teams having games pending on them.
This is the first series for new West Indian skipper Nicholas Pooran, who succeeds Kieron Pollard, who announced his retirement from international duty earlier in the year.
“It will be interesting to see how he (Pooran) takes West Indies cricket forward,” Dinesh Karthik told Sanjana Ganesan. The ICC Review.
“He looks like someone who is very emotional, someone who is very fired up, and sometimes as a captain that’s very helpful, sometimes not.”
Pooran leads a mixed team, with the all-rounder Jason Holder resting for the series and Shimron Hetmyer ruling himself out of the selection. Interestingly, Keacy Carty, a new face in the West Indies squad, would have qualified for the Netherlands, as he hails from Sint Maarten – a Dutch territory which is part of the Leeward Islands.
The West Indies are winless in their last five One-Day Internationals, including games two and three of their series loss to Ireland at home.
The Dutch under captain Pieter Seelaar will be keen for an upset, however raw the team, with the retirement of Stephan Myburgh and the absence of County contracted players hurting their chances.
Quick Fred Klaassen is the only English player in the squad, with Colin Ackermann, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe among a handful of players unavailable for selection.
Teja Nidamanuru earns his first call-up for the side after impressing on a recent tour of England and playing a significant role in Punjab Rotterdam’s strong start to the season in the Dutch Topklasse. Bas de Leede and Vikram Singh earn another chance to impress, while fast bowler Vivian Kingma returns to the side.
Interim head coach Ryan Cook leads the Netherlands, with Ryan Campbell returning later this summer after a series of cardiac arrests in April.
After the West Indies series, the Netherlands host England in more Super League cricket, along with New Zealand and Pakistan for T20Is each.
Netherlands squad: Pieter Seelaar (C), Scott Edwards (World Cup), Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd, Fred Klaassen, Vivian Kingma, Ryan Klein, Bas de Leede, Musa Nadeem Ahmed, Teja Nidamanuru , Max O’Dowd, Vikram Singh, Antonius Staal
West Indies team: Nicholas Pooran (C), Shai Hope, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Rovman Powell, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Tour of the West Indies in the Netherlands
31 May: 1st ODI at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
June 2: 2nd ODI at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
June 4: 3rd ODI at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
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