South Africa Schedule ODI Against Netherlands
South Africa will tour the Netherlands and play a One-Day International as part of their preparations for the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
The squad will be in the Netherlands from 26th May to 1st June and the ODI will be played on 31st May in Amstelveen - the first time Netherlands have hosted South Africa.
The two sides have only previously met in World Cup competition, South Africa winning in 1996, 2007 and 2011.
"As a result of the Champions Trophy being held in the UK it has given many European countries the opportunity to maximise the chance to play a Full Member through the support of ICC’s TAPP funding policy," Richard Cox, chairman of the Dutch cricket board (KNCB), said.
"We feel we have pulled off a real coup in getting one of the top ODI Nations in the World to come to the Netherlands not only to play but also to act as their preparation-base for this major tournament. We are looking forward to having some of the household names of world cricket on our doorstep," he added.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Acting CEO Jacques Faul commented: "We are both delighted and grateful to the KNCB for their support with our preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy. We have had a very good relationship with the KNCB ever since we first played them in 1994.
"It is also important that ICC full member countries should continue to support the associate members by giving them regular opportunities to play at the highest level and thus develop their own games.
"We well remember the Netherlands’ famous victory over England at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and we are looking forward to a highly competitive game of cricket.”
National Coach Peter Drinnen said, "First of all I would like to thanks everyone who were involved in making this possible. It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome a FM to our shores giving us the opportunity to showcase the game in this country as well as provide an extremely valuable opportunity to our players to measure themselves against some of the best in the world.
These opportunities are very important for our continued development and I know all parties here in the Netherlands involved in this series will be working hard on and off the park to ensure the SA touring party have a very beneficial stay with us."
South Africa's tour of Netherlands comes after Pakistan announced their plans to play ODIs in both Scotland and Ireland ahead of the Champions Trophy.
Previous ODIs between Netherlands v South Africa
1996 World Cup, Rawalpindi: South Africa pile up 328 for three as Andrew Hudson hits 161 and current coach Gary Kirsten 83. Netherlands close on 168 for eight, losing by 160 runs. Scorecard
2007 World Cup, St Kitts: Herschelle Gibbs hits Daan van Bunge for six sixes in an over as South Africa hammer 353 for three in 40 overs. Gibbs hit 72 in 40 balls and Jacques Kallis an unbeaten 128. Netherlands close on 142 for nine in their 40 overs with Ryan ten Doeschate hitting 57. Scorecard
2011 World Cup, Mohali: Hashim Amla (113) and AB de Villiers (134) pass three figures and South Africa score 351 for five. Netherlands make a flying start but are bowled out for 120, going down by 231 runs. Scorecard
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