Trotman's time is up

The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) has already received "expressions of interest" from prospective candidates ranging from a former coach of a Test team to a recently retired Test player, to replace outgoing coach, Emmerson Trotman, its president, Rene Van Ierschot, revealed today.

van Ierschot said it the KNCB decided not to renew Trotman's contract when it was "mutually agreed after eight years it was time for a new broom to sweep the floor for a fresh approach.

"We and the players also felt it was time," continued van Ierschot. "He has done a magnificent job taking us to an ICC Trophy win, two European Championships and our first win in a World Cup."

He added it was hoped the new coach could be announced in around six weeks. "We want to take time to get the right man." Former Queensland opener and Netherlands batting coach, Peter Cantrell, will oversee the team until a successor is appointed.

Meanwhile, the Dutch national team will not return to Cape Town for their annual off-season training camp because of budget constraints.