The Dutch take on a historic challenge in New Zealand
Meeting the Black Caps for a T20I and three Cricket World Cup Super League matches, the Dutch are preparing for a historic New Zealand tour.
Only T20I – March 25, Napier
ODI 1 – March 29, Mount Maunganui
2nd ODI – April 2, Hamilton
3rd ODI – April 4, Hamilton
History will be made this week with the Netherlands playing their first-ever T20I on New Zealand soil, ahead of the teams’ first meeting in ODI action since 1996.
ODIs are vital for both teams as they qualify for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, with New Zealand stuck in 12th place having played just three matches in the cycle and the Dutch winning two matches on three series.
The homestand is a swan song for veteran Ross Taylor, who is retiring from international cricket after four matches.
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New Zealand have been waiting a long time in the ODI format, having last played in March 2021, sweeping Bangladesh at home. Despite a number of stars unavailable for selection, New Zealand have a talented squad under Tom Latham.
All-rounder Michael Bracewell earns a first call-up after a prolific domestic season, joining his cousin Doug in the team. Wicketkeeper hitter Dane Cleaver also enters the T20I team for his first national selection.
While the Super League journey started smoothly at home with two wins against Ireland, the Dutch campaign was cut short by Covid in South Africa and another headache in Qatar, where they lost all three matches against Afghanistan.
The stick was the Achilles heel of Pieter Seelaar’s side, battling for points at the top of the order – the same weaknesses they showed in their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign.
In a boost for the Dutch, New Zealand-based Michael Rippon is available for selection, with Logan van Beek and Max O’Dowd other squad members with extensive New Zealand experience .
remember the last time
The Dutch have yet to play a men’s T20I on New Zealand soil, the only encounter in the format against the Black Caps in 2014 at the Men’s T20 World Cup in Chattogram.
Seelaar, Logan van Beek and Stephan Myburgh are the only common players for the Dutch in this game, with the Dutch posting 151/4 and the New Zealanders chasing the target with six balls to spare.
In the longer format, the only experience on New Zealand soil comes in the form of the 2014 qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The Netherlands failed to book tickets for the tournament proper said, winning one and losing one of the recognized one-day internationals during the competition.