The Netherlands have announced their squads for their upcoming ODI tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa, where important Cricket World Cup Super League (CWCSL) points will be up for grabs. The team will be led by Scott Edwards, and they will welcome back spinner Roelof van der Merwe, who last featured for the Netherlands in an ODI in November 2021.
The Netherlands have also revealed that Russell Domingo, former head coach of South Africa and Bangladesh, will be a part of the coaching setup for the tours. He will be joined by former South African international Heino Kuhn. However, head coach Ryan Cook will not be present for the tours and will be replaced by Ryan van Niekerk.
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Key players like Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren, and Fred Klaassen, who missed their last ODI assignment against Pakistan, will be back in the squad. However, Colin Ackermann, Brandon Glover, and Bas de Leede will not be available for the series against South Africa, while Aryan Dutt and Wesley Barresi will miss the tour of Zimbabwe.
The Netherlands will begin their tour with three ODIs against Zimbabwe in Harare between 21 and 25 March. They will then travel to South Africa to play two matches, which will take place in Benoni and Johannesburg on 31 March and 2 April, respectively. These matches will be crucial for the Netherlands, who are currently at the bottom of the table, with Zimbabwe in 12th place and South Africa in 9th place on the ICC CWCSL standings.
Netherlands Squad against South Africa and Zimbabwe:
Netherlands squad: Scott Edwards (capt & wk), Colin Ackermann, Musa Ahmad, Shariz Ahmad, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Aryan Dutt, Brandon Glover, Vivian Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Ryan Klein, Bas de Leede, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh.