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Cricket World Cup 2023: Netherlands

The Netherlands have qualified for their fifth Cricket World Cup and their first since 2011 thanks to an excellent performance at July's ICC Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.

An astonishing Super Over victory against the West Indies was the highlight of their campaign as they reached the final to claim their spot at the World Cup in India.

The Netherlands lost to Sri Lanka by 128 runs in the Qualifier final, but experienced campaigners Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe have been recalled for the World Cup and the 750/1 shots will be hoping to cause a few upsets.

Netherlands World Cup squad

Scott Edwards (c), Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.

Netherlands Cricket World Cup coach

Ryan Cook worked as a fielding coach for Bangladesh and assistant coach for South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash before taking interim charge of the Netherlands in May 2022.

Cook led the Dutch to the Super 12 stage of last year's T20 World Cup in Australia, where they beat Zimbabwe and South Africa, and their runners-up finish at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier earned his side a place at the 2023 tournament in India.

Netherlands World Cup record

1975 Did not participate
1979 Did not qualify
1983 Did not qualify
1987 Did not qualify
1992 Did not qualify
1996 Group stage
1999 Did not qualify
2003 Group stage
2007 Group stage
2011 Group stage
2015 Did not qualify
2019 Did not qualify

Possible XI

1. Vikram Singh
2. Max O'Dowd
3. Wesley Barresi
4. Colin Ackermann
5. Bas de Leede
6. Teja Nidamanuru
7. Scott Edwards
8. Roelof van der Merwe
9. Logan van Beek
10. Aryan Dutt
11. Paul van Meekeren

Strengths

Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe and Paul van Meekeren are back to strengthen the World Cup squad, having missed the qualifying tournament due to their county commitments in England.

Their returns give the Dutch a nice blend of youth and experience, with 20-year-old opener Vikramjit Singh and 23-year-old all-rounder Bas de Leede ready to test themselves against the best in the world.

The Netherlands bat deep, with Teja Nidamanuru and Scott Edwards in the lower middle-order, while Van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Saqib Zulfiqar and Shariz Ahmad offer a range of spin-bowling options.

Their victories over South Africa at the 2022 T20 World Cup and the West Indies in this year's Qualifier should have boosted belief in the camp that they can compete at the highest level.

Weaknesses

After securing qualification for the World Cup in India, Dutch coach Cook admitted in a press conference that "our guys have not been to the subcontinent many times before".

That lack of experience in Indian conditions is a concern and the Dutch lost all six of their 2011 World Cup games in India and Bangladesh despite all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate's centuries against England and Ireland.

The injury to left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen deprives the Dutch of arguably their best new-ball bowler and their attack can struggle against the top teams, as they showed when conceding a record ODI total of 498-4 against England in June 2022.

Key Players

Vikramjit Singh

The young opener played some crucial innings in July's ICC Qualifier, making 88 against Zimbabwe and a maiden ODI century against Oman.

Born in Punjab, Vikramjit moved to the Netherlands as a child and has reached 30 in 12 of his first 25 ODI innings and he has the ability to start converting those starts into more significant contributions.

His medium-fast bowling is another useful asset and he dismissed both Sri Lanka openers in his four overs in the Qualifier final.

Bas de Leede

The all-rounder is another of the Netherlands' most exciting prospects and he produced a stunning all-round display to end Scotland's hopes of making the World Cup.

After taking 5-52 with the ball, De Leede smashed 123 off 92 balls in a tense run-chase, eclipsing his previous highest ODI score of 88 against a top-class Pakistan attack in August 2022.

Scott Edwards

Captain and wicketkeeper Edwards also has a major role to play with the bat, having scored 72 not out, 78 and 64 in three innings against world champions England in June 2022, before cracking an unbeaten 71 against Pakistan in his next ODI.

His hot streak continued at the World Cup qualifying tournament, where he made 83, 67 not out, 67 and 67 not out in his first four innings and his wicketkeeping to the spinners will be vital for the Dutch.

Odds

To Win Outright - 750/1

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