April 11, 2007

Netherlands

van Bunge quits ... for the time being

Martin Williamson

Daan van Bunge, the Netherlands spinner who achieved unwelcome fame during the World Cup when he was hit for six sixes in an over by Hershcelle Gibbs, has announced that he will be unavailable for international matches for the foreseeable future. He will continue to play for his club.

van Bunge, 24, said that he was unable to balance the demands of pursuing a career in sports management with the demands of representing his country. “The time has come when I have to choose,” van Bunge told cricketeurope.com. “I've considered alternatives, such as only being available for home matches, but I have to give priority to my studies, and it wouldn't be fair to players who are fully committed to training and playing if I were to take a place in the side.”

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Posted by sohrab on (May 23, 2007, 11:29 GMT)

This world cup has been a quitting platform for many good players. This is not an easy sport and not much has been expected from teams like Holland but the spirit and hard work they have shown over the years has been impressive. My salute to Bunge who made the cricket world realize that there are players outside the test teams.

Posted by sohrab on (April 12, 2007, 17:38 GMT)

This world cup has been a quitting platform for many good players. This is not an easy sport and not much has been expected from teams like Holland but the spirit and hard work they have shown over the years has been impressive. My salute to Bunge who made the cricket world realize that there are players outside the test teams.

Posted by Khurram Habib on (April 12, 2007, 17:20 GMT)

The tragedy about Dutch cricketers is that they do not fulfill potential at the highest level. Maybe, it is because of the lack of professional cricket. I think Van Bunge was very good. If I am not mistaken, he impressed during the Champions Trophy as a batsman. Six sixes in an over can happen to any part-time bowler, especially a leg-spinner. It is not a real reflection of his abilities. But, I am sure that's not the reason for his quitting. But it is the lack of opportunities. Unfortunately, another good batsman who failed to live to potential was Bastian Zuiderent. In one of the innings during 1996 World Cup, he came very low down and made an unbeaten 21. He looked technically very sound. Maybe, more Dutch players should go abroad and play professional cricket. ten Doeschate is a great example. And they should have more ODIs in a separate minnow league.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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