Netherlands to host New Zealand for two T20Is in August

New Zealand, who are currently playing a three-match ODI series at home against Netherlands, are set to return favour and tour for a two-match Twenty20 International series in August 2022, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond announced on Friday.

The two T20Is will be played at the VCC Ground in Voorburg on August 4 and 6 respectively – both encounters being 5 PM (Local Time) starts. It is set to be New Zealand’s first bilateral tour to Netherlands since 1986, when New Zealand had visited for a two-match 40-overs-a-side contest.

Speaking of the series, Ryan Campbell, the Netherlands head coach, said: “The chance to play the best white ball teams in the world has always been the goal for this team. To test our young players against them, as well as showcase our skills in front of our home fans is so extremely exciting. The Blackcaps coming to The Netherlands again shows the respect we are building in world cricket and I hope all Dutch fans come out and enjoy the contest.”

The Netherlands tour has been added to New Zealand’s calendar, soon after an already two-month-long European tour which begins with a three-match Test series against England from June 2, followed by a six-match limited overs series against Ireland (three ODIs and three T20Is) and a three-match series against Scotland (two T20Is and a one-off ODI).

Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head, coach, who has previously featured in the Dutch Premier league as a player, further added, “We’re really excited to be touring the Netherlands. They’re a team on the rise and it’s great that we’ll be facing them both home and away this year. Playing against associate teams as a full member nation is a really important part of helping them grow and that can only benefit the world game long term.

“Personally, I really enjoyed my three summers playing for Rood en Wit (Red and White). It was a great experience and I’ve remained friends with many people over there who I still keep in touch and I’m very much looking forward to getting back there and linking up.”

Updated: April 2, 2022 — 3:56 pm

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