World T20 2016 February 25, 2016

Tom Cooper added to Netherlands World T20 squad

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Tom Cooper finished as the second-highest run-getter in the 2014 World T20, but has not played an international game for Netherlands since © ICC

Batsman Tom Cooper has been added to the Netherlands squad for the the World T20 in India, which starts from March 8. Cooper, who last played an international match for Netherlands in 2014 during the previous World T20, replaced 18-year old Sikander Zulfiqar who had made his T20I debut against UAE earlier this month. Zulfiqar, however, will be part of the squad as a reserve player to gain exposure at the international level.

Cooper brings with him the experience of 92 T20s, having recently played for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. Cooper had also turned in impressive performances in the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh, tallying 231 runs in seven matches at an average of 57.75 and strike rate of 137.50. He eventually finished as the second-highest run-getter in the tournament, but hasn't played for Netherlands since then.

Cooper had not been available for selection at the moment of the ICC deadline, but the squads can be altered up to February 29, and even after that in case of injuries. Anton Roux, the coach, welcomed back Cooper's "experience", as did Chairman of Selectors Jeroen Smits.

"Tom's availability certainly adds some more spice to our team," Roux said. "His Dutch cricket family will welcome him back with open arms, and are looking forward to having massive fun playing together with the men in Orange."

"Tom Cooper was part of the hugely successful 2014 World T20 team that progressed to the Super 10 phase as only Associate Member nation, so the current team will certainly benefit from Cooper's inclusion and experience," Smits said.

Netherlands are placed in Group A of the first round with Bangladesh, Oman, and Ireland and will play one match with each team, in Dharamsala. Their tournament opener is against Bangladesh on March 9. Only if they finish on top of the group will they move on to the main tournament.

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  • Marius on March 1, 2016, 4:15 GMT

    The Dutch team may be made mostly from the cast-offs from the Australian, South African, and Kiwi domestic scenes, but it's still a force to be reckoned with. Just a shame that the tournament has been designed to try and prevent the Associates from playing against the big boys. They're not going to improve to a Full Member level if they're not playing against all the Full Member nations - not just the two that don't seem interested in utilising that Full Member status for Test matches.

  • Frederik on February 26, 2016, 15:10 GMT

    This is not a dutch team but a merc team..LOL :)

  •   TaaHa Shaikh on February 26, 2016, 4:42 GMT

    It is nice to know that T. Cooper will turn up for the Netherlands. Netherlands, of course, is a team which has done really well in this format, having defeated England twice. Not to forget the wonderful run chase against Ireland too. Still, Holland has a long way to go as they have not qualified to the main draw.

    Now, it indeed is a shame that the main draw will feature only 10 teams (Bangladesh and Zim are not even guaranteed a place). ICC should introspect why cricket has not become a major world sport.

  • Matthew on February 26, 2016, 3:33 GMT

    If only they could have tendo, they might beat England again...

  • Cricinfouser on February 25, 2016, 16:14 GMT

    I was really looking forward to Tom Cooper playing for netherlands was surpsrised when their first squad was announced n he wasnt there but they managed to get him n now they look the strongest of their group here if they play up to potential... I feel this qualifying group is really harsh n very tough as compared to the other one

  • Akshaykumar D Prabhudessai on February 25, 2016, 13:29 GMT

    I would love to see them progress through super 10

  • Devadatta on February 25, 2016, 13:14 GMT

    I wish they can get Ryan ten Doeschate back as well - that will give them a serious chance of progressing to the main tournament.

  • Gavin on February 25, 2016, 12:23 GMT

    They learnt from last time and got him early so they didn't have to pretend someone was injured.

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