Netherlands announce first professional playing contracts in history of the game

Mon, Feb 1, 2010 12:48 PM

The KNCB (Dutch Cricket Board) has announced its first professional playing contracts and player agreements for Dutch cricket in the history of the game, totaling 17, as they prepare for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in UAE.

Thanks to funding from ICC High Performance Programme the KNCB have awarded 3 full time contracts (Category A) to Team Captain Peter Borren, Tom de Grooth and Eric Szwarczynski. County player agreements (Category B) have been accepted by County Cricketers Ryan Ten Doeschate and Alexei Kervezee whilst the remainder of the squad have all signed part-time player agreements (Category C) due to their commitments elsewhere either with jobs or emerging professional careers.

Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive Richard Cox said, "We have different categories of contracts, so that there are options and opportunities for those in careers, those playing county cricket in the UK, and those not established yet or emerging. The contracts are also designed to be flexible to allow some to progress full-time with their cricket and coaching whilst others will be focused on their county commitments and careers in the Netherlands.

The breakthrough has been welcomed by all in the Dutch set-up particularly National Coach Peter Drinnen, "It's another step forward in semi-professionalising the squad and in general the squad and I will benefit from full-access to each other in training and preparation leading through to the World Cup."

The List of players is as follows:
Category A - Full Contracts - Peter Borren / Eric Szwarczynski / Tom de Groot

Category B - County Player Agreements - Ryan Ten Doeschate / Alexei Kervezee

Category C - Part Time Agreements - Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tim Gruijters, Mark and Maurits Jonkman, Mohammed Kashif, Ruud Nijman, Edgar Schiferli, Pieter Seelaar, Nick Statham, Daan van Bunge and Bas Zuiderent

The contracts/agreements run through to December 2010 and it is then hoped further opportunities will be offered to players to increase their professional status through to the World Cup in February 2011.

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