The Netherlands does not want to be described as a “one-time miracle” occasionally knocking down a full-fledged member at the World Cup and then retiring on the edge of the game. They want to “play against the greats”, as their coach Ryan Campbell puts it, “and show the world that Dutch cricket is here and is taking it back.”
Coach Ryan Campbell, who played for Australia in the 2000s and then competed for Hong Kong in the 2016 World Cup before taking over for the Dutch a year later, spoke before the start of his team’s T20 World Cup against Ireland in Abu Dhabi.
Preparations for their first game were briefly distracted by questions from Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar on whether he wanted to question Sri Lanka’s status as the favorite of the week.
“Yeah, actually I got misquoted there because obviously Sri Lanka is the best team in this group,” Seelaar said. “And I did say that they should go through. The only thing I meant was that us three – Ireland, ourselves, and Namibia – will give them the hardest time possible. And I didn’t mean to say that Sri Lanka is not going to go through. I’m just going to say we’re going to make it as tough because I think Sri Lanka needs to go through as a Full Member and an established cricket nation and we are, especially us and Namibia, upcoming cricket nations who want their spot, and they need that spot, and that’s the difference.”What I really want to make clear is that I wasn’t being disrespectful to Sri Lanka. Obviously, you know, with social media nowadays there’s been a bit of banter, which is fine, and there have been comments that are not right. But I never meant to disrespect Sri Lanka.”
Regarding the pecking order in Group A, Campbell chimed in. And suggested that Sri Lanka and Ireland should be at the top as test nations.
He warned, however, that the Netherlands and Namibia should “bite a bit”. The other two should not play, which Ireland already knows after being defeated by the Netherlands. In the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups.
At the 2014 tournament, Netherlands also landed a punch on England, with a victory during the Super 10 stage in Chittagong – having memorably beaten the same opponent in the opening game of the 2009 World T20 at Lord’s.
Coach Ryan Campbell said the “greatest Netherlands squad ever assembled” had aspirations. To make a more lasting impact on world cricket.
“History says we win one game against England every now and again in a World Cup. But we don’t want to be just known as a one-off wonder. We want to compete with everyone. So I think the pressure is also on us because we want to be in the final 12. And we want to go up against the big boys. We want to show the world that Netherlands cricket is here and it’s here to push back. Rightly or wrongly. I put a tag on this squad as probably the greatest that we’ve ever assembled in the Netherlands. And with that comes its own pressures and it puts pressure on me. But that’s the belief I have in the squad.”
Despite the difference in status between the teams, Ireland became a full member in 2017.
“Are we the outsiders? Probably not.”
Ireland coach Graham Ford even suggested that the Dutch had a “huge advantage” given the number of players still regularly participating in England’s county system. And although Hundred an Avenue is now closed to the Irish they must register as foreigners. firms.
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