South Africa news January 30, 2013

SA set for Netherlands warm-up tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa will tour the Netherlands at the end of May as part of their preparation for the Champions Trophy, which they begin on June 6 against India.

They will take part in team-building activities before three days of cricket practise and an ODI against Netherlands on May 31 in Amstelveen. It will be the third ODI between the teams and the first outside of a World Cup. The previous meetings have produced thumping wins for South Africa.

"We feel we have pulled off a real coup in getting one of the top ODI Nations in the World to come to the Netherlands not only to play but also to act as their preparation-base for this major tournament," Netherlands CEO Richard Cox said. "We are looking forward to having some of the household names of world cricket on our doorstep.

"As a result of the Champions Trophy being held in the UK it has given many European countries the opportunity to maximise the chance to play a Full Member through the support of ICC's TAPP funding policy."

National Coach Peter Drinnen said it would be a pleasure to welcome a full member to the Netherlands. "I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this possible. It is a great opportunity to showcase the game in this country as well as provide an extremely valuable opportunity to our players to measure themselves against some of the best in the world.

"These opportunities are very important for our continued development and I know all parties here in the Netherlands involved in this series will be working hard on and off the park to ensure the South African touring party have a very beneficial stay with us"

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  • Mihir on January 30, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Good job by RSA.. I remember RSA hosting tri series with Associate , They hosted Kenya when India toured SouthAfrica. So South Africa can give chance to teams like Netherlands Ireland for tri Series when teams like Zimbabwe or Bangladesh are scheduled to play in South Africa

  • Jason on January 30, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Great work by ICC and CSA, unlike some other cricket boards who pretend to be the big bulls but don't help any associates and even their own teams are like associates.

  • Mike on January 30, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    That's good, give the top 6 associate nations some ODI and T20 games which will help them somewhat.

  • $$ milind on January 30, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    A great chance for the Dutch 2 play against a top class side and may be they an learn a lot from these South Africans .... Not only the Dutch team its important that lot of Associate teams can play against some quality sides in world cricket or atleast against A teams of those nations .... May we see more countries involved in such cricket

  • Zeeshan on January 30, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    That will be no beneifit to SA. its better they should have played some counties

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