Amsterdam, Sep 8 (PTI) The Netherlands cricket board, in a surprise move, has posted an advertisement on social media, inviting Indian cricketers to join them as net bowlers in their preparatory camp for the World Cup.
While it is a convention (not a rule) for local state associations to provide net bowlers to visiting teams, the Dutch cricket board has sought one left-arm seamer, one right arm seamer, a mystery spinner and a left-arm spinner for the team’s five-day pre-Cup camp in Alur from September 20-24.
The Netherlands squad, led by Australia-born Scott Edwards had come to Bengaluru in August for a short three-day acclimatisation camp but it is understood, the Netherland cricket doesn’t have enough depth in domestic cricket or resources to have travelling net bowlers.
Listing out the criteria for becoming the Netherland World Cup squad’s net bowler, “the pacers need to bowl above 120 kmph (75 miles per hour) and spinners, who are able to give it a tweak at a minimum 80 kmph (50 miles per hour).” They have demanded videos with aspirants bowling minimum one over with clear trajectory of the deliveries visible.
Their travel, stay and meals during the camp would be taken care by the Royal Netherlands Cricket Association. All the applicants need to be above 18 years of age and residents of India.
Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), however, is ready to help them get the best possible net bowlers in town.
“They have already camped here and played a couple of matches. We have provided them the required facilities, as per their request. We are ready to host them whenever they return,” a senior KSC official told
Source: PTI News