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Netherlands, Namibia are set to tour Nepal for bilateral ODIs and T20I series

The Netherlands cricket team is gearing up for a challenging series as they prepare to tour Nepal for bilateral ODIs and a T20I tri-series in February and March. The 6 ODIs are going to part of World Cricket League 2. The tour holds significant importance as all three participating teams – Netherlands, Namibia, and host country Nepal – have secured qualification for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United States and the Caribbean scheduled for June 2024.

In a recent statement, the Netherlands Cricket Board announced that despite some setbacks due to injuries and other commitments, they are sending a determined 16-man squad led by regular skipper Scott Edwards. Notably, twelve players from the squad were part of the Netherlands’ historic journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, showcasing the team’s experience and depth.

However, the absence of key players like Logan van Beek, Colin Ackerman, and Saqib Zulfiqar due to various reasons could pose challenges for the Dutch side.

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The series will kick off with a Tri-Series under the banner of the CWC League 2, where Netherlands will face hosts Nepal and Namibia. Scheduled from February 15th to 25th.

Following the conclusion of the CWC League 2 series, the teams will transition into a T20I series. Notably, Michael Levitt, Vivian Kingma, Ryan Klein, and Brendon Glover are the four players in the Dutch squad who didn’t feature in the CWC 2023 lineup.

Netherlands, Nepal tussle could be start of a new rivalry

This tour marks a significant reunion between Nepal and Netherlands, with their last encounter dating back to June 2023 during the World Cup Qualifiers. Netherlands emerged victorious in that ODI clash, winning by seven wickets. However, Nepal’s previous triumph against Netherlands in the T20I tri-series back in April 2021 sets the stage for an intriguing battle between the two sides.

Netherlands Squad 

Netherlands ODI squad: Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Noah Croes, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards, Michael Levitt, Vivian Kingma, Wesley Barresi, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Bas de Leede, Kyle Klein, Olivier Elenbaas

Netherlands T20I squad: Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Noah Croes, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards, Michael Levitt, Vivian Kingma, Wesley Barresi, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Fred Klaassen, Kyle Klein, Timm van der Gugten, Daniel Doram (reserve player)

Fixtures

February 15 – Nepal vs Namibia ODI
February 17 – Namibia vs Netherlands ODI
February 19 – Nepal vs Netherlands ODI
February 21 – Nambia vs Nepal ODI
February 23 – Netherlands vs Namibia ODI
February 25 – Netherlands vs Nepal ODI
February 27 – Nepal vs Namibia T20I
February 29 – Netherlands vs Namibia T20I
March 1 – Namibia vs Nepal T20I
March 2 – Nepal vs Netherlands T20I
March 3 – Namibia vs Netherlands T20I
March 5 – T20I tri-series final

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