Dutch says ICC`s move not in interest of associate nations

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 18:20 PM IST

New Delhi: ICC`s decision to reduce the number of teams in the next World Cup has not got down well with the Netherlands cricket team, who said such a move will deprive smaller nations the opportunity to play top international sides on a frequent basis.

The sport`s governing body recently decided to cut down on the number of participating teams from 14 to 10 in the 2015 50-over World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and the move has already attracted criticism from a
number of associated nations including the Netherlands.

The Netherlands captain Peter Borren said the ICC`s move was not in the best interest of the game.

"It is very important to play the Test playing nations on a regular basis. We have got just a few experienced players like Ryan (ten Doeschate). At this level most of us do not have the kind of experience needed because we hardly play a top team. Before the World Cup we last played a full member team just once in the last 3-4 years," Borren said.

But no sooner the ICC announced its decision, the Netherlands, riding on Ryan ten Doeschate`s all-round heroics, gave a scare to England in their tournament opener. If not for an inexperienced bowling attack, the Dutch would have created the first upset of the ongoing World Cup on Tuesday.

Ten Doeschate scored a brilliant 119 in that match and then scalped two wickets for 47 runs to almost floor the Englishmen single handedly.

And as expected, he did not hide his disappointment over ICC`s move, and even urged the game`s governing body to reconsider it`s decision.

"It is a major disappointment that we might not be in the next World Cup. So, I think we really have to enjoy the five games that are left and at the same time, try and change opinion of the ICC by playing good cricket," he said.

"If three teams can do well out of the associate teams in the tournament, the ICC might consider and change its decision," an optimistic Ten Doeschate added.

Dutch coach Peter Drinnen has already vented his anger at the decision and said the only way associate teams can prove ICC wrong was by putting up some impressive performances in the present tournament.

"It (the decision) is not in our hands. What we can do is prepare well and give the top teams a good fight in the coming matches. It will encourage other teams to play us more frequently," Drinnen said.

PTI