One-day International cricket now has new member as Netherlands win the ICC WCL Championship 2015-2017. Netherlands had their their ODI status back in 2014 after a poor performance in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. But after winning the ICC WCL Championship, they have not just regained their ODI status but they will also be a part of the ICC 13 teams ODI League starting in 2020. This has enhanced the chances of cricket being competitive in Europe since Netherlands will host and play against the top nations of cricket more often.
“It is an amazing feeling, definitely the highlight of my career, with winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship, we have now become the 13th team in the ODI League and this is huge; I could not be prouder of the effort of the team not just today, but also over the last three years.” said the Dutch cricket team captain, Peter Borren.
The Netherlands were crowned as the ICC WCL Championship’s champions in Dubai on December 8, 2017 after defeating Namibia in Dubai. The 23 years old debutant, Vivian Kingma took 6 wickets for 39 runs as Netherlands restricted Namibia to just 181 runs. In reply, Netherlands chased the target in the 42nd over with the help of Ryan Ten Doeschate’s brilliant half-century.
“We’re pretty excited about winning this World Cricket League,” Borren. “It’s been three years of hard work. We’ve come from Division Two and then come here. To win this tournament, we’ve had a lot of good games obviously to get in this position, today being one of them. The fact that we put in such a comprehensive performance today on the day that we managed to win the World Cricket League is very satisfying.”
“I think we’re a stronger squad than we were then,” Borren said. “It’s very difficult to pick 11 guys to play each game but not just that we’ve also got some very good players who are not here. That wasn’t the case three or four years ago.”