Dutch face uncertain future

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 16:36 BST

Holland may have stunned the cricket world with their unexpected thrashing of England at the World Twenty20, but captain Peter Borren does not when, or if, his side will be able to compete again on the international stage.

Peter Borren's men have no forthcoming fixtures
Peter Borren's men have no forthcoming fixtures

The Dutch, who announced themselves as one of Associate cricket's coming teams with victory over England in the 2009 competition, recreated the most famous result in their history in style in Chittagong.

They skittled their opponents for just 88 to complete a 45-run win but, having failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup, have been stripped of one-day international status.

As such, the joyous celebrations on Monday may be a final hurrah for this squad.

"We've got nothing this summer, not one fixture," said Borren, a veteran of both wins over England.

"We have a sponsor in ABN-AMRO and the ICC Associate high performance programme so long may that funding continue because at the moment we don't know where it's going for Dutch cricket.

"This result will be a nice one to finish on for a while, it's a nice memory, but hopefully it's sorted out because we're very proud of our effort here."

England are partially responsible for the increase in standards of the Dutch squad, having allowed them to play limited-overs cricket alongside the first-class counties.

That arrangement has just come to an end, though, shutting another avenue to Borren and his colleagues.

"As well as getting players on contracts and sponsorship the biggest thing for us has been playing cricket in the 40-over county competition for the last four years," he said.

"It was regular, 12 matches over the summer, and we're very proud of our record in that competition. We won plenty of games and that's really helped develop Dutch cricket.

"It's a real shame it's not continuing but at the same time we very much appreciate what the ECB did for us. We can't slate them because they've given us four years of fantastic competition.

"But it's pretty disappointing not being involved now; it's super bad for us."


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