ICC`s move has put pressure on us: Borren

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 23:38 PM IST

New Delhi: International Cricket Council`s decision to reduce the number of teams to 10 in next World Cup has put an extra pressure on associate nations like the
Netherlands to perform, feels Dutch captain Peter Borren.

The ICC`s move has not gone down well with the Dutch team, which believes such a move will deprive them of playing against Test nations on a frequent basis.

"We have played only one game (against England) and we know we are going to be judged by ICC after this tournament. Probably more harshly. They will take into account our performance," Borren said ahead of his side`s World Cup match against West Indies at Feroze Shah Kotla on Sunday.

"The move by the ICC has put a bit of pressure on us to perform so as to able to remain there. Before the World Cup we last played a full member team just once in the last 3-4 years. So we need to play them more. We need to perform here because some pressure is there," he said.

The ICC 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.

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.

"We are one game down and there are few areas which we need to work on. We were beaten by a good team but we gave our best and showed we can perform at this level. The Jamtha strip was bit slower and there was little bounce. We need to work on our bowling with some tough matches ahead," Borren said.

The Netherlands will play West Indies in their next World Cup fixture on Monday here and the skipper said they are expecting some good all-round cricket.

"They are a very good team and we know they have got some good all-rounders. We are expecting a good match and hope to turn the table on them," he said.

Praising Ryan ten Doeschate`s all-round heroics against England, Borren said, "He is a great player and one of the most experienced members in the squad. He proved his worth against England. He is an inspirational player and we are expecting a lot of such innings from him."

On injury to West Indies all-rounder and vice-captain Dwayne Bravo who has been ruled out of the World Cup, Borren said, "He will be missed by the West Indies. But at the end of the day it`s an overall performance that counts. You need to perform with bat, ball and field well."

The Netherlands coach Peter Drinnen hoped that his side could cause a few problems for West Indies.

"West Indies are an experienced side and we hope to create few problems for them. Ryan`s form is crucial for us. We hope to maintain same level of standard as we displayed against the English side," he said.

PTI