Bangladesh in Netherlands 2012 June 4, 2012

Bangladesh to play T20s in Netherlands

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Bangladesh will get more matches to fine-tune their World Twenty20 preparations after it was announced that they will play two Twenty20s in Netherlands next month. One match will be against the home side, and the other against Scotland during a five-day stay in Netherlands following their tour of Ireland. The matches will be played at Voorburg Cricket Club near The Hague, on 24 and 25 July.

There has been no international cricket in Netherlands since a couple of ODIs against Kenya last September, and no Test-playing nation has played there since Sri Lanka visited in 2006. "We are delighted to have secured the opportunity to host a Full Member country on home soil as it has been some time since this last happened," Cricket Netherlands CEO Richard Cox said.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim also welcomed the extra matches. "The Twenty20 game is a great leveller and our matches against Netherlands and Scotland should be very interesting," he said. "Netherlands have beaten England in a World Twenty20 game and Scotland have some fine players."

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  • reyme on June 7, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Challenge a full strength team? BD just beat full strength num 1 team IND and SL. And dear lord David, really dude, you are now getting annoying. SA could not play since their schedule are packed. SA playing BD anyways, from mid June in ZIM. Please don't make ridiculous comments about BD. Educate yourself with fact first. Peace!

  • on June 7, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Talk is cheap lets prove it to the critics on field....we need consistently prove our worth and eventually they will have to accept it.

  • BanglaBandhu on June 7, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    some of the comments below are very funny indeed. BD may not be up there with the best but any true commentator will tell you NEVER write off Bangladesh. History has shown on any given day that they have beaten the better teams. Of course Indian fans must be burning seeing Bangladesh do so CONSISTENTLY well in the Asia Cup and booted India out once again - (it has to hurt especially if the same Indian fans are now criticising BD).

    OF course many of the teams don't want to play BD its a lose lose situation. If they win they will argue it means nothing and if they lose then they feel that they get embarrassed internationally. It's only in tournaments where they are forced to play BD that we see proper results. BD are now preparing for the T20 World Cup. Criticise and make your excuses after that tournament.

  • Legaleagle on June 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is the lowest skilled team in the bunch of status teams. It is not doing any favor to associate teams, it needs a lot of practice before it can really challenge any major team.

  • TheReverseDoosra_K on June 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    To be honest regarding this match. the current Netherlands team (with imported players) - 70% and 30% to Bangladesh is the chancing of winning. And if it were a real Dutch team then, Bang - 95 and Neth 5%.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    people are getting confused..bangladesh isnt helping any associates teams, its just that no other full member team wants to play bangladesh which is why they're requesting and playing games against ireland and co. Most recent example is when south africa declined to play them. i rest my case.

  • on June 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Sir vivekdhayalan_indian_tamilan.Thank you for your invaluable advice.It is really wonderful to hear from such a Noble winner like you.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 6, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @Rafelgibt,what type of force? Ur team dn't have a single gd pacer 4 last 15 yrs,ur team doesn't have a gd opening pair,doesn't have a single quality spiner,ur team doesn't have a reasonable midle ordr(forget great),on what grounds r u sayng this?

  • on June 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    In t20 game no body is absolute favourate,anything can happen.

  • Rafelgibt on June 6, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    I really appreciate this step by BCB.......As BCB is in the process of becoming the cricket force so its their duty to promote the associate countries.........It would be a nice tour doesn't matter who win or lose........Certainly CRICKET would be the WINNER.........Hope this tour will be telecast ed LIVE on any channel.......All the best to BAN, IRE, NETH, Scot.............

  • reyme on June 7, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Challenge a full strength team? BD just beat full strength num 1 team IND and SL. And dear lord David, really dude, you are now getting annoying. SA could not play since their schedule are packed. SA playing BD anyways, from mid June in ZIM. Please don't make ridiculous comments about BD. Educate yourself with fact first. Peace!

  • on June 7, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Talk is cheap lets prove it to the critics on field....we need consistently prove our worth and eventually they will have to accept it.

  • BanglaBandhu on June 7, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    some of the comments below are very funny indeed. BD may not be up there with the best but any true commentator will tell you NEVER write off Bangladesh. History has shown on any given day that they have beaten the better teams. Of course Indian fans must be burning seeing Bangladesh do so CONSISTENTLY well in the Asia Cup and booted India out once again - (it has to hurt especially if the same Indian fans are now criticising BD).

    OF course many of the teams don't want to play BD its a lose lose situation. If they win they will argue it means nothing and if they lose then they feel that they get embarrassed internationally. It's only in tournaments where they are forced to play BD that we see proper results. BD are now preparing for the T20 World Cup. Criticise and make your excuses after that tournament.

  • Legaleagle on June 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is the lowest skilled team in the bunch of status teams. It is not doing any favor to associate teams, it needs a lot of practice before it can really challenge any major team.

  • TheReverseDoosra_K on June 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    To be honest regarding this match. the current Netherlands team (with imported players) - 70% and 30% to Bangladesh is the chancing of winning. And if it were a real Dutch team then, Bang - 95 and Neth 5%.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    people are getting confused..bangladesh isnt helping any associates teams, its just that no other full member team wants to play bangladesh which is why they're requesting and playing games against ireland and co. Most recent example is when south africa declined to play them. i rest my case.

  • on June 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Sir vivekdhayalan_indian_tamilan.Thank you for your invaluable advice.It is really wonderful to hear from such a Noble winner like you.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 6, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @Rafelgibt,what type of force? Ur team dn't have a single gd pacer 4 last 15 yrs,ur team doesn't have a gd opening pair,doesn't have a single quality spiner,ur team doesn't have a reasonable midle ordr(forget great),on what grounds r u sayng this?

  • on June 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    In t20 game no body is absolute favourate,anything can happen.

  • Rafelgibt on June 6, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    I really appreciate this step by BCB.......As BCB is in the process of becoming the cricket force so its their duty to promote the associate countries.........It would be a nice tour doesn't matter who win or lose........Certainly CRICKET would be the WINNER.........Hope this tour will be telecast ed LIVE on any channel.......All the best to BAN, IRE, NETH, Scot.............

  • Legaleagle on June 5, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is going to lose this series! They have been playing bad cricket for a long time. Good luck to Netherlands and other associate teams.

  • andrilchakraborty on June 5, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    YES Bangladesh does care They Give lower team players a change Don't see this IPL

  • Htc-Android on June 5, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    netherlands have some good foriegn players. they will have chance to beat bangladesh if ryen tendoeschate plays.

  • zahidtaniv on June 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    You never know what can happen in T20. Bangladesh certainly does not have a "Great" T20 side and they are definitely not clear favorites in this format of the game. I am excited though! I am a Bangladeshi living in the Netherlands. I would love to see these two sides lock horns on July 25th.

  • on June 5, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Its good that Bangladesh are playing their part in helping the associate/affiliate teams and giving Cricket what it truly deserves. I would love one day for Bangladesh to arrange a ODI/T20 Tri-Quadrangular series in Dhaka with associate/affiliate teams such as Ireland, Netherlands and/or Scotland/Afghanistan/Kenya etc so that all teams are getting games and the associate/affiliate teams are learning things and gaining experience from such matches. Really it should be India who should be doing such things with all that power and money and be a role model for the Cricketing World but everyone knows they're a complete joke and deserve it haha...If Bangladesh hold such exciting tournaments then I reckon a lot of revenue will be made for not only them but also for the associate/affiliate teams and can use it to expand their game in the future. Bangladesh in fact must have an associate player representing each of their franchises at the BPL anyway and that shows Bangladesh care.

  • Breaking_Point on June 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Meety@ don't know who u r!! But u should learn some history-it's not East pakistan...i request u to get it right & also it's not BANGA!!it's BANGLADESH....

  • Breaking_Point on June 5, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    & talking abt t20-keeping in mind the present performance of BD, bd should win it & bd is favourite,though anything is possible & Ireland is keen to make an impact before the t20WC!

  • Breaking_Point on June 5, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Our test performance is bad-no doubt but BD is here to stay as a test side...& ICC must help us by ensuring us 6/7 tests per year for upcoming 5/6 years...35/40 tests in the next 5/6 years & still if Bangladesh fails to show good performance then i will also say that we don't deserve the test status..but u can't say it now... Those 5/6 years should be the testing years of Bd cricket coz now our domestic cricket has improved a lot & lots of quality cricketers r waiting for a chance....so without providing us with adequete chances none has the right to question our test status...1st give us enough chances & if we fail then take the test status....though we played tests before but at that tym our domestic cricket was not upto the mark but tym has changed & our cricketer's quality,mindset,desire has also changed.........so hold on guys..

  • andrilchakraborty on June 5, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Bangladesh Will easily win both matches but good that Scotland and Holland plays t20 more teams should play t20

  • FazleAbed on June 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Bangladesh should play more with the associate countries. It is essential. I am a Bangladeshi but i believe there should be two leagues in cricket in all the format. A league 1.England 2. Australia 3. South Africa 4. India 5. Srilanka 6. Pakistan. B league 1. West Indies 2. New Zealand 3. Bangladesh 4. Zimbabwe 5. Ireland 6. Holland 7. Namibia 8 Afghanistan. It is better for cricket. they will play among them and for every two years top 2 teams of league B should be automatically promoted and bottom 2 side of league A should be drop to league B. or they can play play offs to qualify. it can be 7 teams in each league. It will improve the avg of players like Shakib, and test the avg of RDT (67 in ODI). for bangladesh if they qualify for top 6/7 then they will earn the rights to play in england and india away series. I believe it will better our cricket. I am sorry if i hurt anyone.

  • cricket2011 on June 5, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    All the best Nederlands and Scotland

  • gunnerr4life on June 5, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Netherlands to win 2-0 easily ....

  • Meety on June 5, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid - the real Dravid would NOT, be so ignorant. I 'spose you are still hurting after the boys form East Pakistan humped your boys in the Asia cup! LOL!!!!!! @Ahmed Hussain - I would back the Bangas in a FC game, or an ODI, however they are inexperienced in T20 format, & am not as confident of 100% success. @FOTO - yes ASSUMING Ryan plays.

  • fr600 on June 4, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    It's funny how certain people from a certain country underestimate other teams. My words to them: oil your own machine, your team nowadays loses more than the other ones.

  • on June 4, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    The sad reality of world cricket is there is no money in playing the associate teams. I would love to see Ireland, Scotland or the Netherlands tour New Zealand, but the fact is they wont because NZC will not make a profit on it. This is the mentality of cricket these days. New Zealand is not a money making team, so when we do tour, our tours are short and a waste of time...unfortunately Bangladesh is in the same boat....they may have some amazing players, but they aren't a big draw card team so will fail to attract decent series when required. Profitability is the first things the boards look at when it comes to organising a tour.

  • on June 4, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    mkamd u probbaly forgot who almost become champions of asia cup , who whitewashed team lyk newzeland , who white whish team lyk west indies , bd beat twice england twice last year , forget about past man talk about the present , even india , srilanka , england west indies all these top nation i had hardly dout if they could really beat bangladesh rite now ,

  • FOTO on June 4, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    This is gonna be interesting... Ryan Ten Doeshante vs Shakib Al Hasan!

  • mkamd on June 4, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Now this is a real Joke ! A full member is playing minors for preparation? Do they think that by beating Ireland , Neatherland or Scotland they can challenge top 6?BD can improve by playing against teams which are better than them not the other way. This also raise the question that if BD really deserve a test status or should they be limited like Zimbabve and play only limited overs. Even after 12 years they are saying that they need more time. Pakistan defeated every test playing nation in their first 12 years. Sri Lanka was close to become world champ in almost same time. I think BD is just not ready for their full member status. They have couple or three test standard players like Ireland and they sh ould be treated like Ireland.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    It seems that Indian Fans like Rahane & Lord_Dravid r over-estimating Irish team but under-estimate Dutch & Scottish side. Dutch side had already beaten BD in 2010 in UK. But Ire haven't won any series vs BD. Both Irish & Dutch side have potential to beat BD. Even Sco can do it. Coz BD have huge weakness in European condition with the Bat. Tamim & Shakib r exceptionally good though. But if any of them can beat BD in a single match, it'll b still an upset. BD is a tougher opponent 4 associates than Zimbos. They won't cope with BD spin attack.

  • yoongguns on June 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh playing to associate countries..This would have been done much before..I think this is the only way to improve bangladesh cricket more...they are below par from 12 years but they did well in Asia cup. I think this is how Bangladesh will gain more confidence as well. even Associate teams also thinking the same way as it will be not that tough for them to play against Bangladseh than the other A grade national team (Aus, SAF, IND, PAK, ENG, NZ, SRI and even WI)...good for cricket to keep Bangladesh busy with associate...

  • joynal693 on June 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    good to see the tour in favor of BD team. But BD should be more careful as the tracks are pace freindly.

  • on June 4, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    t2ois are not good enough.ODIs is where it should be. But still,atleast some cricket will be played.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 4, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    It looks like Lord_Dravid and Rahane-fan are more interested in Bd cricket than the blue team. Rather getting a defeat of 8-0 in away condition they should really be concerned about blue team as it looks like a mismatch in away soil. I'm pretty sure India would have been beaten by Ireland definitely if not by Scotland and Netherlands too. Ireland gave blue team tough times earlier LOL

  • vrn59 on June 4, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Ryan ten Doeschate will be worth watching.

  • on June 4, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    By the way guys, I'm not trying to say that Bangladesh are best or anything rather what I'm trying to say is that Bangladesh are becoming much more competitive now and I'm sure we can agree to that. Yes Bangladesh are still a weak team especially at Test Cricket can't really deny that but that's totally understandable considering they have only had full membership status about 12 years and Cricket is not an easy Sport to learn, grasp and prosper, it obviously takes time just look at Cricket's history and when teams like the West Indies, India, New Zealand first started Cricket and how they struggled on their outings against England, Australia and South Africa. Some of you guys just need to accept the fact that future of Bangladesh Cricket and others like Ireland looks bright and all I can say is that if you don't like it then that's tough, Cricket will just lose its popularity in fact most of the world don't even like Cricket so just appreciate it guys :)

  • on June 4, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    oh wow wat a preparation when pakistan was inviting to play they were creating a drama now thats exactly wat their status is lolz now every one got ur real class BD...

  • on June 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @Mickey Tool....Seriously I'm not joking, just go to the ICC website and look at the T20 rankings and select 'predictor' and if Bangladesh win all those 5 games which looks like they will, then they could jump as high as 3rd at max but depends on other results though.

  • on June 4, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @Rahane-fan....Okay Rahane maybe I got a bit carried away that Bangladesh will win 5-0 but got to be honest though, Bangladesh most certainly look like they will win all these games but if there is a team that can beat them then its most likely Ireland but either way out of those 5 T20s Bangladesh will be playing, realistically to be honest it will either be 4-1 if not 5-0 to Bangladesh and Ireland are by far the closest that actually has a chance to defeat Bangladesh.

  • Tokai69 on June 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    very good step from BCB to support associate teams, since the so called Cricketing blue blood has no time to support them. BAN has showed that promise earlier, adding a new clause that all franchise in BPL has to include an associate player in their team. Whatever the result is, BCB is showing the true spirit for the love of this game.

  • Vernacular_Press on June 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It should be 2-0 in favor of bangladesh.

  • Vernacular_Press on June 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I dont think ten doeschate would even care to play a team like bangladesh.

  • on June 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    how do u jump into 3rd place by beating teams like Ireland netherland and Scotland..do u really think Rankings shud go like this mr. hussain..dnt be only emotional here..Judge or hv sum respect or hav sum cricketing sense or knowledge before making comments like tht...and WIN is always gud..dont always think abt rankings...okay

  • izak on June 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Ditto to Ahmen Hussein. Well said.

  • on June 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Good news for Bangladesh, Scotland and the Netherlands.

  • bdsmaruf on June 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @ahmed hossain you are absolutely right.if icc and big teams neglect small team, cricket will be 8 nation game and after 10 years this game will be disappeared .

  • Lord_Dravid on June 4, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    bangladesh playing ireland, scotland and netherlands is perfect..its like a match made in heaven lol ..at least they wont be wasting their time and anyone else's by playing the major teams. @ BD fans: bangladesh is not supporting the associate teams.. its just that full member teams dont really want to play bangladesh so they have no choice but to play the associates, one recent example south recently declined to play bangladesh. But i reckon bangladesh will lose 3-0 to ireland but might win against scotland and netherlands.

  • 30-30-150 on June 4, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Mr.Ahmed Hussain seems to be a great cricket analyst. The same guy who said predicting results in T20s is foolishness, is now not only predicting the results of as many as five games, but also the T20 rankings! Take a bow.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 4, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Ahmed it doesnt matter what people think about them as long as they are playing well. Im a little bit worried about Ireland bcz they beat BD before and Bangladesh has thise rubbish habbit of losing game after a successful series. But what is really postive is that just before T20 WC BD will play about 10 T20 something they badly need. What is more important now is how they prepare for the WC.

  • on June 4, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    This is good stuff and when Bangladesh win their 5 matches against Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland then they will easily jump to at least 3rd place in the World T20 rankings and I know they got this Tri-Series coming up also involving Zimbabwe and South Africa but its 'unofficial' and will have no affect on the T20 rankings regardless on how the 3 teams in that Tri-Series perform. The 'jealous' and 'ignorant' people on this page will say Bangladesh will lose also against Scotland and Netherlands haha...but we see but just learn to accept the facts 'haters', Bangladesh whether you like it or not are here to stay haha...Even though Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands will lose to Bangladesh in those games, I hope they don't drop any ranking points instead I hope it increases for their sake considering they are playing a tough team of their own calibre. Out of the 10 full members, Bangladesh are only a few who are willing to support the lower ranked associate teams unlike India :)

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  • on June 4, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    This is good stuff and when Bangladesh win their 5 matches against Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland then they will easily jump to at least 3rd place in the World T20 rankings and I know they got this Tri-Series coming up also involving Zimbabwe and South Africa but its 'unofficial' and will have no affect on the T20 rankings regardless on how the 3 teams in that Tri-Series perform. The 'jealous' and 'ignorant' people on this page will say Bangladesh will lose also against Scotland and Netherlands haha...but we see but just learn to accept the facts 'haters', Bangladesh whether you like it or not are here to stay haha...Even though Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands will lose to Bangladesh in those games, I hope they don't drop any ranking points instead I hope it increases for their sake considering they are playing a tough team of their own calibre. Out of the 10 full members, Bangladesh are only a few who are willing to support the lower ranked associate teams unlike India :)

  • asiacricket1234 on June 4, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Ahmed it doesnt matter what people think about them as long as they are playing well. Im a little bit worried about Ireland bcz they beat BD before and Bangladesh has thise rubbish habbit of losing game after a successful series. But what is really postive is that just before T20 WC BD will play about 10 T20 something they badly need. What is more important now is how they prepare for the WC.

  • 30-30-150 on June 4, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Mr.Ahmed Hussain seems to be a great cricket analyst. The same guy who said predicting results in T20s is foolishness, is now not only predicting the results of as many as five games, but also the T20 rankings! Take a bow.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 4, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    bangladesh playing ireland, scotland and netherlands is perfect..its like a match made in heaven lol ..at least they wont be wasting their time and anyone else's by playing the major teams. @ BD fans: bangladesh is not supporting the associate teams.. its just that full member teams dont really want to play bangladesh so they have no choice but to play the associates, one recent example south recently declined to play bangladesh. But i reckon bangladesh will lose 3-0 to ireland but might win against scotland and netherlands.

  • bdsmaruf on June 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @ahmed hossain you are absolutely right.if icc and big teams neglect small team, cricket will be 8 nation game and after 10 years this game will be disappeared .

  • on June 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Good news for Bangladesh, Scotland and the Netherlands.

  • izak on June 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Ditto to Ahmen Hussein. Well said.

  • on June 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    how do u jump into 3rd place by beating teams like Ireland netherland and Scotland..do u really think Rankings shud go like this mr. hussain..dnt be only emotional here..Judge or hv sum respect or hav sum cricketing sense or knowledge before making comments like tht...and WIN is always gud..dont always think abt rankings...okay

  • Vernacular_Press on June 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I dont think ten doeschate would even care to play a team like bangladesh.

  • Vernacular_Press on June 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It should be 2-0 in favor of bangladesh.