County news April 16, 2013

Kervezee quits Netherlands to commit to Worcestershire

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Alexei Kervezee has announced his retirement from international cricket for Netherlands in order to focus on his career with Worcestershire with a view to pushing his case for an England place.

The Netherlands board has called Kervezee's decision "extremely disappointing" and added there would be a chance for him to return in the future while the 23-year-old batsman, who had represented Netherlands in age-group tournaments since the age of 13, said it was a difficult call to make but believes he has to commit full-time to the county scene.

"It's a decision that I haven't taken lightly and have thought long and hard about over the last few months but feel at this time in my career it is right for me in order to pursue my ultimate goal," Kervezee said. "I want clarity in my mind as to what I'm working to and for, where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.

"It's always been an honour and pleasure representing Netherlands Cricket and something I never took lightly. I owe a great deal to Dutch cricket and playing for them is something that I will forever cherish, but at this point in my career I feel I need to focus on my future at Worcestershire."

Jeroen Smit, the Cricket Netherlands chairman of selectors, said: "This is an extremely disappointing day for Dutch Cricket to be losing a player of Alexei's capabilities in a crucial World Cup Qualification year.

"Peter Drinnen [the coach], Richard Cox [the CEO] and I have spent many hours in recent times attempting to persuade Alexei against this decision. Alexei has been an outstanding player for Netherlands and he knows our door is always open if his England aspirations don't materialise but for now it's time for us to move on and to pursue our stated aim of qualification for the 2015 World Cup."

Kervezee has played 49 first-class matches for Worcestershire and has an average of 32.93 including four hundreds and a top-score of 155. In his first full season in 2010 he scored 1190 Championship runs although struggled to match that return in his next two campaigns with 2012 being a particular battle as he played just seven matches and averaged 25.

Internationally, Kervezee played 39 ODIs for Netherlands with a top-score of 92 and 10 Twenty20s.

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  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Not good at all. He is fooling himself. His stats aren't impressive which can make him represent England. Atleast, he was getting opportunities playing for Netherlands internationally. He already has played 1 50 overs world cup and one t20 wc. He might have played another in 50 overs in 2015. With 6 teams in 2014 ICC World T20, he had another chance of playing in World T20. There was lot to offer from Netherlands. ICC is providing them funds through TAPP so that they can arrange more matches.

    If he by chance goes on to represent England, even in T20 and that too after 3-4 years, he can't play for Netherlands in next 4 years. He could have played county cricket simultaneously.

  • Anupam on April 17, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    This is a big loss of dutch team. This is a serious problem of migration. except of England some European countries tries to develop cricket in their resign. But migration really hurt their years of efforts to develop cricket in other countries. most European, Asian & SA cricketers moves Eng. and now Aus & NZ are the new destination for them. Zimbabwe is the example of destroyed talent. and Ireland are in same track.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    An average of 33.14 from 60 FC matches (mostly second division) isn't lighting the world on fire does he really think he is going to jump a queue that includes Bairstow, Taylor, Root another others of a simlar age with much better records.

    Its not all about numbers but it seems like a long shot to me, like Ed Joyce (although he did play a few times for England) I think he will eventally change his mind and return to NL.

    More Worrying is players like Gary Ballance who is a serious talent lost to his country of birth

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    He's not good enough to play for England

  • Owen on April 17, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Another one turning their back on their country? The ICC has some serious questions to answer. They must understand that players want to play the highest quality cricket possible, and they are not allowing that to happen with the associate nations. Sure, for a few years the associates will be getting beaten but given that they are producing the likes of Morgan, Ten Doeschate, Rankin, Nabi even without any support from the ICC then it is not a stretch of the imagination to think that they could produce competitive teams within the next decade. Not supporting them and allowing them to play a higher level ensures that situations where Worcestershire (by no means the best county) offers a higher standard of cricket than Netherlands (by no means the worst associate)

    It is a hugely disappointing strategy from the ICC

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    If the ICC would allow the top associates in future tours program,this thing wouldn't happen,the ICC is slowly and in reality killing the game in the upcoming countries by not allowing them to play at the highest level,therefore such decisions are more likely to come in near future.hope some sense prevails and teams with indigenous populace like Nepal ,Uganda ,PNG and Namibia be allowed at least T20 Intnl status...

  • Andrew on April 17, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    There are two issues. Firstly - the individual needs to make the BEST decision for THEMSELVES. To that end - Kervezee (Saffa born) is more than entitled to get the best deal for himself, his family his future. The 2nd issue is the Netherland National Team. You cannot stop talented players leaving, but what (IMO) should happen is, that either the Counties or the ECB, pay a transfer fee for future development in Netherlands. It really is a user pay strategy. Without an improving Netherlands national team, the game will probably struggle for attention & that would mean LESS talent coming thru.

  • Paul on April 16, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    @Ratul The ICC can do nothing to prevent this. It is against international employment law to hinder or artificially constrain a workman for plying his trade in or for a country he is qualified by birth or international agreement to work for or in. Alexei is a UK citizen - he has the right of law to work wherever he chooses. The fact he is a cricketer is neither here nor there. Doctor, plumber, makes no difference. If he is artificially constrained to progress his career - WHATEVER THAT CAREER IS - because he wasn't born in the UK that would be against race rules, against EEC rules and against UK law. It really is about time the rest of the world understood this and stopped whining on about it and suggesting that unworkable semi apartheid style rules be implemented. He has a UK passport - He can do whatever he wants career wise as a UK citizen the ICC, the ECB even the mighty BCCI have no say in the matter. It is the actual REAL law!

  • Ratul on April 16, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Eoin Morgan, Ed Joice, Gavin Hamilton... and now Alexi! I think it's high time for ICC to do something to stop this continuous process of player drain. Among the top associate nations like Ireland, Netherlands,Afghanistan, Scotland, Namibia, UAE there are at least 15-20 players in total who are fairly eligible to play test cricket. So, they can be a very formidable test team who can compete against team like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Zealand and West Indies. ICC should select top 15 Players from top 5 associate nations and form the 11th Test Team. Players must be offered central contract from ICC, at least for 1 year each.It will ensure not only players financial safety but also lessen the financial burden of associate cricket boards. Moreover they can offer contract to other emerging cricketers. To cover the expense ICC can manage one or more sponsors, Dubai is a option which could be their home ground.

  • Chris on April 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @Tanmay - Because the top 6 associate countries don't get anywhere near the amount of funding and games the full member nations get hence why the players of those associate countries need to make a very hard yet wise decision to play in domestic Cricket around the world instead so they can make a decent living. I feel ICC should do a lot for these top associate teams so that the future of Cricket will look really pleasing. Its tough for these cricketers but they knows what they are doing.

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