Netherlands: Dare to dream with feet on the ground

The Netherlands are preparing for its first appearance in the men’s cricket World Cup in 12 years, and Bas de Leede, a talented all-rounder, is the centre of attention. The 23-year-old stood out against Scotland in the World Cup qualifier, winning Player of the Match honours.

De Leede’s spectacular performance, which ensured the Dutch team’s spot in the World Cup, including a record 123-run innings and a magnificent bowling effort in which he claimed five wickets for just 52 runs.

De Leede is aiming higher as the Dutch team gets ready for their match against Pakistan on October 6 in Hyderabad, which will serve as the tournament’s opening match.

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De Leede has not overlooked the significance of this World Cup qualifying, especially in light of the Netherlands’ scant cricketing success. resources. It’s huge for such a small cricketing nation to compete in a 10-team World Cup, he remarked. The fact that we were one of just 10 teams to advance makes qualification even more remarkable when you consider it in that way.

De Leede feels upbeat about cricket’s future development in the Netherlands despite the sport’s current popularity there. Cricket confronts a funding issue with only 6,500 players registered. De Leede, though, thinks that winning the World Cup may alter the situation.

In the Netherlands, it is a specialised sport. There is no escaping that reality. Only 6,500 people in the nation have signed up to play. However, the media became considerably more interested in us once we qualified. To date, the potential to develop significantly, but we need funding. If we string together a few good World Cup performances, interest will increase significantly, he continued.

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