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    Netherlands announce balanced WC squad

    Dutch 15-man squad blends local talent with experienced overseas players.

    The Hague: The Netherlands' 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup team blends local talent with experienced overseas players such as big-hitting South Africa-born Essex all-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate.

    The Netherlands Cricket Union announced its World Cup squad well ahead of Wednesday's deadline because many of the players are amateurs and needed as much notice as possible to get time off from their employers.

    "The team has a strong history in one-day cricket nationally and internationally," said selector Darrin Murray.

    "Recent results show that we have made big steps in 50-over cricket," he added, referring to one-day victories last year over test-playing nations Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

    The Netherlands has managed just two wins in its previous three World Cup campaigns.

    Despite the large number of part-timers, the Dutch have several players who could make an impact at the Feb. 19-April 2 tournament being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

    Ten Doeschate appears the most likely candidate. The Essex player was one of the stars of the Dutch team that beat host England in the opening match of the 2009 T20 World Cup, taking two crucial wickets and scoring an unbeaten 22.

    Another overseas-born player to watch is South Australia batsman Tom Cooper, who qualifies for the Netherlands thanks to his mother's Dutch family. He is averaging 65.4 with the bat in one day internationals and can also bowl offspin.

    Peter Borren, who played under-19 cricket for New Zealand, captains the team that opens its campaign against England on Feb. 22 in Nagpur.

    The Dutch also play the West Indies, South Africa, India, Bangladesh and Ireland.


    Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Baresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent