The Netherlands have announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. The Netherlands played their last World Cup in 2011, and they qualified after 12 years. Scott Edwards will lead the Netherlands in their first World Cup since they participated in the marquee event back in 2011. Incidentally, that edition of the World Cup was also held in the subcontinent.
The Netherlands team is known in the cricket world because of their enthusiasm and spirit, and they have the potential to dominate any opposition team. The Dutch team, full of experienced players and youngsters, is ready to compete with opponents in the upcoming World Cup. Coached by the experienced Ryan Cook, the Netherlands hopes opening batter Max O’Dowd can contribute plenty of runs throughout the tournament. At the same time, star all-rounder Bas de Leede is expected to play a major role with both bat and ball.
Inclusion of Experienced Duo:
The Netherlands has recalled veteran duo Roelof van der Merwe and Colin Ackermann for the World Cup. Van der Merwe and Ackermann were not a part of the Netherlands squad that participated in the World Cup Qualifiers held in Zimbabwe and made it to the final to seal their spot in the main event.
A tournament like the World Cup needs the teams to have experience in their rank and the Netherlands is bound to get it from the presence of van der Merwe and Ackermann. Both the players were part of the Netherlands’ squad during the T20 World Cup last year and made their presence felt. Ackermann finished the tournament as his team’s second-highest run-scorer while van der Merwe came up with important cameos with the bat, ball as well as in the field. Having played in domestic competitions in several countries, both players will be looking to make the most of their experience in the upcoming World Cup.
Netherlands Squad for ICC World Cup 2023:
Here is the 15-player squad that will surely be impactful for their team performance in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023:
Scott Edwards(c)(wk), Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Wesley Barresi(wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Bas de Leede, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
The Netherlands will be looking to do well in the upcoming 10-team competition. Before the main event, they will play two warm-up fixtures – against Australia on September 30 and hosts India on October 3. They will open their campaign against Pakistan in Hyderabad on October 6.
Without a doubt, each Netherlands player has given his part in the team’s excellent performances in World Cup Qualifiers that made their entry possible into the World Cup after 12 years. Some of the main contributors to the team’s magnificent feat;
|Vikramjit Singh||326 runs with an average of 41 in 8 innings|
|Scott Edwards||314 runs with an average of 63 in 8 innings|
|Bas de Leede||285 runs with an average of 47, and 15 wickets in 7 matches|
|Logan van Beek||14 wickets in 8 matches|
Another key player to watch is Max O’Dowd, an explosive opening batsman with various powerful stroke plays. Due to his ability to score quick runs, O’Dowd will be crucial at the top order, providing a blistering start to the Netherlands batting lineup.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
As the 2023 CWC is around the corner, teams around the globe are gearing themselves to make their mark in the prestigious tournament and come against each other for the title’s ultimate glory. The Dutch squad has a combination of experienced players and promising youngsters, making them a strong force against the other participating teams.
One of the main strengths of the Netherlands squad is their batting lineup. With Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd in the opening positions, they can boost the innings with powerful strokes all around the stadium. They have solid middle-order batsman Scott Edwards in their lineup, who can control the innings and build strong partnerships.
The all-rounders like Logan van Beek and Bas de Leede, who possess to play a little cameo at the end of the innings, make a formidable squad. They have the experience of pacers like Bas de Leede and Saqib Zulfiqar in the bowling lineup, who can trouble the opposition’s batting lineup. Spinners like Aryan Dutt and Van der Merwe can be crucial in controlling the middle overs.
The Netherlands squad aims to showcase their skills in this tournament and make a mark on the international stage. The Scott Edwards-led side consists of experienced players and young guns. They have the likes of Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd in the batting lineup, who can score big against any opponent team on any given day. Pacers like Bas de Leede and Logan van Beek and spinners like Roelof van der Merwe mainly lead their bowling attack.