Van der Merwe and Ackermann have been named to the Netherlands’ World Cup squad.

Roelof van der Merwe has been named to the Dutch World Cup squad.

Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, and Colin Ackermann return, while Sybrand Engelbrecht is set to make his World Cup debut, as the four were named to the KNCB’s (15-member) squad to travel to India for the Netherlands’ first 50-over World Cup in over a decade.

Scott Edwards will once again captain the side, with 10 of the 15-man squad he led to second place in the World Cup Qualifier retained, while Kyle Klein and Noah Croes will be the travelling reserves.

Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Vikram Singh, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Wesley Barresi, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren are the Netherlands squad.

(Travel reserves: Noah Croes and Kyle Klein)

Engelbrecht, a former Cape Cobras bat who represented South Africa at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, was recently confirmed as Dutch-eligible after working and playing in the Netherlands for several years, first for HBS Craeyenhout in 2015 and now for Voorburg CC, which he captained to the national championship this season.

“SA and I have walked a long journey together, I coached him back when he was at the Corbras,” Engelbrecht coach Ryan Cook said. He moved to the Netherlands a few years ago and has been working here ever since; we inquired about his eligibility with the ICC about a month ago. It’s fantastic simply to broaden the player pool; he’s been doing very well for his club here and put in some good performances for the A side against Guernsey.”

Ackermann, van Meekeren, and van der Merwe (from Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, and Somerset, respectively) were absent from the squad that won the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year due to county commitments, but are expected to fly out to India with Durham’s Bas de Leede, who played a crucial role in the Dutch securing qualification.

Van der Merwe replaces fellow left-hander Clayton Floyd, who was preferred over Sint Maarten’s Daniel Doram and Northern District’s Tim Pringle. The latter, fresh off a lengthy injury layoff, was scheduled to travel to India to join the preparatory camp but was forced to withdraw due to fitness concerns.Fred Klaassen, Kent’s left arm quick, is still out with a stress fracture. Timm van der Gugten of Glamorgan also suffered a late injury but remains on standby in case of injury. Cook explained that while Croes and Klein are traveling with the team as development players, they are not necessarily first in line to fill in for injured players.

Cook confirmed to Cricbuzz that Tom Cooper had not retired, but that concerns about a lack of recent competitive cricket played a role in his omission. “Tom is part of our larger squad, and I know he still has ambitions, particularly in the T20 format – the door isn’t closed on Tom, and he hasn’t closed it either, but obviously the level of games and training required to prepare for games at an international level is something we take very seriously, so it’s a question of timing and how he can combine that with family commitments and to see how that works for him.”

Right arm seamer Ryan Klein was chosen ahead of Vivian Kingma, while Essex’s Shane Snater and Durham’s Brandon Glover, as well as Voorburg bats Michael Levitt and Musa Nadeem Ahmad, did not make the cut. Several of those who did not make the cut are likely to play in the Netherlands. A team that will defend their title at the European T10 Championship in Spain, which will take place concurrently with the World Cup.

Cook emphasized the importance of returning players being included in team culture-building even when they were absent. “The guys coming back in, they’ve been in constant contact with Scotty, with me, and with the rest of the team – even during the Qualifier, they’d send us videos that the team would watch before each fixture, they’re really close to the group.” They know what it takes to play for the Orange, and they play with great pride, and they’ll complement what we’re about and the culture we’ve built.”

Cook stressed that origin was not a consideration in selection but was hopeful of more homegrown talent coming through on the wider balance of the side, particularly the balance between Dutch-produced players and those who learned the majority of their cricket abroad.

“The underlying principle is that we see all Dutch players the same way, and we have to pick the best team we can to compete.” But, with a swell of young talent coming through, we’re not far from a tipping point where the players coming up here and being looked after by the coaches will start breaking in more and more. Looking at the talent on display at our spin camp this week (in Bangalore), there are some real quality cricketers on display, and those guys are playing day in and day out in the Netherlands, and obviously we want the other guys to come over here and train and play with us as much as possible, but we try not to treat players differently.”

The team will fly to Bengaluru on September 18th for an eight-day preparation camp that will include two matches against Karnataka. Cook was upbeat about the Netherlands’ lack of official One-Day International (ODI) fixtures since the Qualifier.

“Of course, we tried, but a lot of those countries were already taken, so we’d have to join a series as a tri-series or something.” We made several approaches, including the possibility of playing A teams, and we did receive some offers from other Associates, but we ultimately decided to go the training camp route to get acclimated to the conditions. In some ways, it could be an advantage; we won’t be as scrutinized as, say, some of the teams competing in the Asia Cup right now, and we can play some games in the dark to hopefully compete in the light.”