Only a win will do for the Netherlands
ICC Media Release
Sat, Jun 26, 2010 10:29 AM
Borren: "We've always done reasonably well in ICC events against the other top Associates"
The Netherlands captain Peter Borren has made his side's intentions clear that it will be thinking of nothing else but victory when it hosts the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 from 1 to 10 July.
The Dutch finished third both in 2007 in Nairobi and in 2009 in South Africa when the tournament incorporated ICC World Cricket League Division 2 sides and also served as the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (formerly the ICC Trophy).
But Borren believes it's time his side did even better especially now the tournament is being staged in its backyard.
"Things like the development of the side and preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 can be put on a hold for the time being," said Borren.
"The immediate task is to play and perform in the most important and competitive tournament featuring the top Associate and Affiliate sides. It is imperative for us to not only do well but win it. I'll be extremely disappointed if we don't win this tournament.
"It is a great opportunity for us to play in this tournament where every match is an ODI. We need to make optimum use of this great opportunity and give a good account of ourselves," Borren said.
The Netherlands has a decent record against the other five sides in the tournament. In the ODI arena to date, it has played 23 ODIs against the other top Associates and Affiliates and has won 13 and lost eight with two ending in no-results.
It's most recent victory was against Scotland in Rotterdam last Tuesday when it won by six wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 80 by debutant Tom Cooper and a typically aggressive 90 by Ryan ten Doeschate. However, ten Doeschate has been ruled out for the tournament with an injury.
"We have a very settled side in one-day cricket and we've been gelling very nicely as a team. We've always done reasonably well in ICC events against the other top Associates so I think we'll be very competitive, especially considering we'll have home advantage," he said.
Even though Dutch spirits are high, next month's tournament might be more difficult for it than it looks considering it will be without some of its most inspiring performers in ten Doeschate, Edgar Schiferli and Daan van Bunge while Alex Kervezee will only be available for the 3 July match against Kenya unless the Netherlands reaches the 10 July final.
"I realise we will be without some of our star performers due to injuries or other commitments. I also understand that experience is difficult to replace but we have players in our ranks who have the required skills and talent to deliver the goods at this level.
"Players are like Edgar Schiferli, Daan van Bunge, Alex Kervezee and Ryan ten Doeschate are hard to replace. But we have played without these players recently and have enjoyed some success which has been excellent for the confidence of the younger players," he said.
Schiferli has been out of action since the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this year after injuring his knee for which he underwent surgery a couple of months ago while ten Doeschate picked up an injury while playing for Essex in the English County Championships. Van Bunge is not available due to work commitments and Kervezee is not available for the entire tournament due to his commitments with Worcestershire in the English County Championships.
"Kervezee has commitments with his clubs in England. Look, the players have shown a lot of commitment to Dutch cricket and we'd just love to have them. But as an Associate Member, you can't have everything. You need to live with these facts and the reality is Kervezee will only be available for a maximum of two matches.
"The younger players have shown a lot of potential, especially Mark Jonkman who has blossomed under the wing of Schiferli and is now ready to stamp his mark at the bigger stage. He is fast and keeps coming back at the batsmen. He is an excellent bowler in the death overs. As far as I'm concerned, he is the one to watch out for in this tournament," Borren said.
Borren, the 26-year-old who played his initial cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand, expressed his satisfaction with his side's preparations for the tournament. "We have been playing a lot of limited-overs cricket this season with our involvement in the Clydesdale Bank Pro40 competition in England and this has really helped us.
"We have been playing pretty well in that - we beat Derbyshire and we should have won a couple of other games too but we couldn't quite get over the line.
"We hadn't played in an English competition for years and we saw how much it did for cricket in Ireland and Scotland so it's great to be involved in that. I think all this has been good preparation for the World Cricket League."
Borren said it was a great opportunity for his side to play in a quality tournament like this one which provided equal opportunity to every side. "It is going to be an evenly matched tournament as each side can beat the other on its day.
"Ireland has done well over the years at this level while Afghanistan is another dangerous side. However, I think all the sides will start on an even keel as they are all evenly matched. I think it will boil down to the fact which side adjusts quickly to the conditions, handles the pressure, plays to its strengths and converts the opportunities."
Borren, a veteran of 29 ODIs, played down the home factor. "It can be a double-edged sword. While you're best placed to understand the weather and your knowledge about the pitches and their characters are second to none, on the other side of the coin when you're playing at home there are so many things that are running in your mind like work commitments which can easily distract you."
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Tom de Grooth, Mark Jonkman, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Adeel Raja, Maurits Jonkman, Muhammad Kashif, Alex Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Nicolas Statham, Bas Zuiderent.
The following is the schedule of the Netherlands' matches:
Thursday 1 Jul - v Scotland, VRA Amstelveen
Saturday 3 Jul - v Kenya, VCC Voorburg
Monday 5 Jul - v Canada, VOC Rotterdam
Wednesday 7 Jul - v Afghanistan, VCC Voorburg
Friday 9 Jul - v Ireland, VRA Amstelveen
Saturday 10 Jul - Play-off (tbc)
Matches start at 1100 (local time, 0900 GMT)