KNCB To Investigate Gruijters Claims

Tom Cooper sweeps
Tom Cooper, who was a late replacement for Tim Gruijters in the Netherlands' ICC WT20 squad
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The Dutch cricket board (KNCB) will investigate claims made by Tim Gruijters that the Netherlands team management broke the rules by replacing him with Tom Cooper for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

With Cooper available to play following South Australia's surprise failure to progress to the Sheffield Shield final, he replaced Gruijters in the squad, with the approval of the ICC Event Technical Committee.

Gruijters was reportedly struggling with a lower back injury, although in a video he released on YouTube last night, he claimed the injury was not bad enough to prevent him playing.

In the video, which has now been hidden from public view, he alleges that he was 'bullied' into undergoing a scan which was then presented to the ICC as evidence of his injury.

"The Board of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) regrets the controversy which has arisen following the departure of Tim Gruijters from the Dutch squad at the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh," the board said in a statement.

"The account of Tim Gruijters himself regarding the course of events differs from the account of the team management in Bangladesh.

"Those present there are coach Anton Roux, KNCB technical director Roland Lefebvre, physiotherapist Jan Stappenbelt and team manager Ed van Nierop.

"In conformity with ICC regulations the injured player Tim Gruijters has been replaced by Tom Cooper for the duration of the World Twenty20 tournament.

"The ICC Event Technical Committee has approved this replacement under its regulations.

"The KNCB Board has as a result of the current controversy initiated an investigation and shall take evidence from all the relevant parties in order to gain understanding of the course of events."

The Netherlands began their ICC World Twenty20 campaign, with Cooper in the side, against the United Arab Emirates in Sylhet earlier today (17th March).

They go on to play Ireland and Zimbabwe in a bid to join England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 10s.

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