The Netherlands cricket selectors have pulled two massive surprises in the naming of the 14 man squad for the upcoming Intercontinental Cup (ICup) clash with Namibia in Dubai starting November 29.
Currently sitting 3rd on the ICup table behind newly appointed Test nations Afghanistan and Ireland, the Netherlands have selected 17 year-old VCC allrounder Bas de Leede as well as former Excelsior’20 wicket keeper Scott Edwards in the squad.
De Leede will follow in his father Tim’s giant footsteps into the Dutch team. Commonly referred to as one of the Netherlands greatest ever allrounders, Tim de Leede played 29 One Day Internationals for the Dutch as well as 62 List A matches, amassing over 1300 runs and taking 83 wickets.
Head Coach Ryan Campbell commented: “Bas comes from Dutch cricket royalty bloodlines, but has been made to earn his position through performances for his club side and our Dutch Lions sides. He toured Zimbabwe with us and impressed us all. His selection is another step on the way to him becoming a permanent fixture in the Dutch setup. I only saw highlights of his old man playing and I’ve got a feeling that Bas will make the De Leede family very proud with his achievements.”
Another new face to the Dutch side will be wicketkeeper Scott Edwards, who gets the call up on the back of an injury to gloveman Tobias Visée, who recently underwent surgery for a hernia complaint and has been ruled out of action for 4-6 weeks.
The Netherlands team will go into the final fixture as favourites to win, but coach Campbell said: “We will never underestimate Namibia. They play in the South African domestic competition and have a number of match winners. We will definitely need to be at our best to win. A win that will see us finish a creditable third behind newly appointed Test nations Ireland and Afghanistan.”
The Netherlands I-Cup squad for Dubai, vs Namibia, 29 November–2 December 2017
Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Scott Edwards, Vivian Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Pieter Seelaar, Shane Snater, Sikander Zulfiqar; Timm van der Gugten (standby ).