November 14, 2007

Netherlands

Dutch board faces mounting problems

Martin Williamson

Cricket Europe have reported that there are growing problems inside Dutch cricket with the mass resignation of the youth committee a sign that the Dutch board (KNCB) could face major opposition oat next month’s AGM.

The Umpires’ Committee has been dissolved and re-formed after splits within the existing group made its functioning problematic, and there have been further difficulties between the Board and its Accommodation Committee.

With continuing financial problems, little sign so far of increased sponsorship income, and a very restricted international programme which sees the national side idle between August 2007 and the next Intercontinental Cup matches in April 2008, the voices of criticism are mounting into a chorus.

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One can only hope that better sense prevails among the Dutch cricket administrators in favour of a solution to the present crisis. The current doldrums in the youth cricket presents a sorry picture of cricket in this second string European cricketing power.

The Dutch cricketers have made a name for themselves in the highest league, by qualifying for the ICC World Cups on three out of the last four occasions, however winning only one match, in 2003, against fellow ICC Associate Namibia. Feiko Kloppenburg and Klaas van Noortwijk achieved in the same match the thus far rare distinction of cricketers from ICC Associate member nations to score centuries World Cups. Again, Netherlands and Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate was in the run for ICC Associate ODI Player of the Year 2007. However, ignominy struck in the ICC World Cup 2007 when another all-rounder, Dan van Bunge became the first bowler to be hit for six sixes in an over in an international match. Another humiliation came earlier in 2006 when Sri Lanka posted the highest ever One-day batting total of 443 for 9 against them.

One can only hope that the Dutch cricket scenario will soon look as good as the VRA Ground, Amstelveen… administrators don’t play cricket, but they make the game happen, nonetheless.

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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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