Ryan ten Doeschate was excluded from the Dutch team for the final match of the T20 World Cup in 2021, according to head coach Ryan Campbell.
He made a crouching first game in Holland’s opening game against Ireland and it wasn’t necessary with the bat in the loss to Namibia, but surprisingly the players left him out in the devastating loss to Sri Lanka.
Max O’Dowd, the top-order batter, said after the game that the decision had been made “behind closed doors” and that “everyone was content with it” but declined to go into detail. Campbell later responded to a tweet questioning his omission by saying: “It was his decision.”He’s been a great servant to Dutch cricket and Associate cricket in general,” O’Dowd said. “The numbers he’s put up are pretty amazing. To have a guy like that around is phenomenal for young guys, just to learn from him. He gives plenty of wisdom and I’m sure he will do [the same] when he takes to a coaching role at some stage.”
Ryan Ten Doeschate said in a KNCB statement:
“It has always been a privilege to represent the Netherlands. It was a difficult tour to finish, but a pleasure to be part of the effort again.”
“The professionalism and dedication that this team and support staff have shown have been inspirational. I’m grateful to the players, coaches. And everyone involved with the KNCB for allowing me to have enjoyed some of the spectacular highs of international cricket.”
O’Dowd, who retired in the first over of a Dutch inning of 44. The second-lowest total in men’s T20 World Cup history. Described the performance as “pretty catastrophic” and “embarrassing” and expressed frustration. Due to the lack of preparation games that the team had played before the tournament.
Campbell had claimed in the run-up to the tournament that this was the strongest Dutch team ever assembled. With several seasoned cricketers from the county by his side.
When asked if his preparation was good enough. O’Dowd said that three preparation games against Scottish Oman and a hastily arranged game against New Zealand weren’t enough.
“That doesn’t take away from the way we played because we were poor over three games. We just couldn’t put it together. But I do think that comes with preparation games. I remember the 2019 qualifiers. We played 12 warm-up games, we lost I think 11, won one, and then we won the qualifiers. That just shows if you can have a bit of time to figure something out. Come that first game you know it’s a big stage, you get firing, and you can’t just do that off three warm-up games.”
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