The Netherlands cricket team is the men’s team that represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is managed by the Royal Dutch Cricket Association. Royal Dutch Cricket Association, was founded in 1890 and the team achieved Associate Membership of the ICC in 1966. Netherlands have played in all eleven ICC Trophy/World Cup Qualifier matches, winning the competition in Canada in 2001 and finishing as runners-up twice (in 1986 and 1990). The Netherlands also played in the 1996, 2003, 2007, and 2011 Cricket World Cups. From 1995 onwards the team played the English domestic NatWest Trophy competition. Let us take a look at the top 10 best players in the Netherlands cricket team of all time.
1. Pieter Seelaar
Pieter Seelaar was born on 2 July 1987. He is a former captain of the Dutch national cricket team. He is famous as a right-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox spin bowler. After playing for The Netherlands at the Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19 levels, he started playing his senior career match on 3 May 2005 against Warwickshire. On July 6, 2006, he started playing his One Day match against Sri Lanka. Further, he started playing his Twenty20 match after two years. He became the captain of the national team in April 2018. Seelaar joined the Netherlands’ 15-man World Cup squad in 2011. With eight wickets for 306 runs, Seelaar was the team’s leading wicket-taker in the competition. The Netherlands played in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 later that year.
They improved on their previous year’s results, winning five and tying one of their twelve matches. He took seven wickets at an average of 50. Pieter and Ben Cooper set a new Dutch record for the highest partnership in the Intercontinental Cup when they made 288 runs against Hong Kong. He became the captain of the Netherlands’ ODI team for their series against Nepal in July 2018. He became the captain of the Dutch squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates in September 2019. Seelaar took his 50th wicket in T20I cricket on October 27, 2019, against Scotland. He was one of seventeen Dutch-based cricketers named to the team’s senior squad in April 2020. Seelaar became the captain of the Dutch squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021.
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2. Ryan ten Doeschate (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Ryan ten Doeschate was born on June 30, 1980. He is a former Dutch-South African cricketer who represented the Netherlands in One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. Ten Doeschate was named the ICC Associate Player of the Year three times, in 2008, 2010, and 2011. He began his career as a right-handed all-rounder for the Dutch national team in the 2005 ICC Trophy and went on to play in a number of tournaments for the team, including the 2009 World Twenty20 and 2011 World Cup. He scored 119 runs against England in the latter tournament which is the first ODI century by a Dutch player.
Ten Doeschate first became a regular for Essex during the 2006 season. He was named the team’s limited-overs captain for the 2014 season. He has played a number of Twenty20 teams in other countries. Ten Doeschate announced his retirement from cricket in September 2021. He played his final international match against Namibia on October 20, 2021, as part of the group stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Finally, he was named Kent County Cricket Club’s batting coach in December 2021.
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3. Stephan Myburgh
Stephan Myburgh was born on 28 February 1984. He is a Dutch-South African cricketer who has played for the Netherlands in ODI and Twenty20 matches. He is famous as a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. During the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, he showed his abilities in every match that the Dutch played. He tied the record for the second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 matches with Paul Stirling of Ireland on March 21, 2014. He hit the fifty in 17 balls, with the Dutch needing to win the game in 14 overs to advance to the Super 10 stage. The Netherlands won the match in 13.5 overs with 6 wickets remaining due to Myburgh’s performance in the match. Myburgh was also named man of the match.
With 224 runs in 7 T20I matches, he finished third in the tournament behind Virat Kohli and fellow Dutchman Tom Cooper. He had three fifties in the tournament, with an average of 32.00 and a strike rate of 154.48. Myburgh also has the most boundaries in the tournament, with 26 fours and 13 sixes. The ICC and Cricinfo named him to the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2014 T20 World Cup. He was named to the Netherlands’ One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Nepal in July 2018. He was one of seventeen Dutch-based cricketers named to the team’s senior squad in April 2020. Further, Myburgh was named to the Dutch squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021.
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4. Fred Klaassen (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Fred Klaassen was born on 13 November 1992. He is a Dutch international cricketer of English origin who plays for Kent County Cricket Club. After playing club cricket in England and New Zealand, he made his List A debut for the Netherlands against Zimbabwe on June 24, 2017. He joined the Netherlands’ Twenty20 team for the 2018 Netherlands Tri-Nation Series in June 2018. On June 12, 2018, he started playing his T20I debut for the Netherlands against Ireland. He joined the Netherlands’ One Day team for their series against Nepal in July 2018. On August 1, 2018, he made his ODI debut for the Netherlands against Nepal, taking 3/30. He was named to the squad for the 2018-19 Oman Quadrangular Series in December, and he appeared in all three of the Netherlands’ matches during the tournament.
Klaassen signed a two-year deal with English county side Kent County Cricket Club on October 1, 2018. Initially, he started playing his first-class match for Kent against Loughborough MCCU on March 31, 2019. Klaassen has played for VOC Rotterdam, where he won the Topklasse, the Dutch domestic title, in 2018. During the 2018 season, he was the competition’s leading bowler, taking 29 wickets at an average of 14.10 runs per wicket. In 2015, he played for Cornwall Cricket Club in New Zealand, East Kilbride Cricket Club in Scotland, and Norwich Cricket Club in the East Anglian Premier Cricket League. He played 22 matches for Kent during the 2019 season, mostly in limited-overs matches. During the 2018/19 northern hemisphere winter, he played for Monash Tigers in Victorian Premier Cricket.
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5. Bas de Leede (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Bas de Leede was born on November 15, 1999. He is a Dutch cricketer. On September 29, 2017, he made his List A debut for the Royal Netherlands Cricket Board XI (KNCB XI) during the Netherlands tour of Zimbabwe. On November 29, 2017, he made his first-class debut for the Netherlands against Namibia in the 2015-17 ICC Intercontinental Cup. After Stephan Myburgh was ruled out of the tournament due to injury in February 2018, he was added to the Netherlands squad for the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. He joined the Netherlands’ Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the 2018 Netherlands Tri-Nation Series in June 2018.
On June 12, 2018, he started playing his T20I match for the Netherlands against Ireland. He joined the Netherlands’ One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Nepal in July 2018. On August 1, 2018, he made his ODI debut for the Netherlands against Nepal. He was chosen to play for the Rotterdam Rhinos in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament in July 2019. De Leede joined the Dutch squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021.
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6. Max O’Dowd (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Max O’Dowd was born on 4 March 1994. He is a Dutch cricketer who debuted for his country in June 2015. He has played for the Northern Hurricanes in the North Sea Pro Series. On July 1, 2015, O’Dowd made his Twenty20 debut for the Netherlands against Nepal. He joined the Netherlands’ One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Nepal in July 2018. He joined the Netherlands’ ODI squad for the series against Zimbabwe in June 2019. On June 19, 2019, he started playing his ODI match for the Netherlands against Zimbabwe. He joined the Dutch squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates in September 2019. He was one of seventeen Dutch-based cricketers named to the team’s senior squad in April 2020.
O’Dowd joined the Dutch squad for the 2020-21 Nepal Tri-Nation Series in March 2021. O’Dowd scored 133 not out from 73 balls in the tournament’s second match, against Malaysia, becoming the Netherlands’ first batsman to score a century in a T20I match. He became the second batsman after Tom Cooper to score half-centuries in each of his first three ODIs in May 2021, during the first ODI between Netherlands and Scotland. O’Dowd joined the Dutch squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021. O’Dowd led the West Indies to 179 runs in three matches during their 2022 tour of the Netherlands, including 89 in the final game.
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7. Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper was born on 10 February 1992. He is a Dutch-Australian cricketer. In the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament, he played for the Netherlands. Cooper announced his retirement from cricket in January 2022. Initially, Cooper started playing his first-class match for the Netherlands against Scotland on September 9, 2015. In February 2017, he scored his first first-class century against Hong Kong in the Intercontinental Cup. He and Pieter Seelaar made 288 runs and set a new Dutch record for the highest partnership for any wicket in a first-class match.
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8. Logan van Beek (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Logan van Beek was born on September 7, 1990. He is a New Zealand-Dutch cricket player. Logan has played for the Netherlands cricket team since 2012 and also plays for Wellington in New Zealand domestic cricket. He is famous as an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium.
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9. Peter Borren (One Of The Best Players In The Netherlands)
Peter Borren was born on 21 August 1983. He is a former Dutch cricketer. He was the captain of the Netherlands team, until his retirement in April 2018. Peter started his playing career with the Netherlands cricket team in an ODI against Sri Lanka on 4 July 2006. Earlier, he also played for the Netherlands A team and Under-23 team. His major career highlights are the two victories against England at the 2009 and 2014 T20 World Cups respectively. Further, he has won the Netherlands national competition with VRA Amsterdam 5 times in 12 years.
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10. Timm van der Gugten
Timm van der Gugten is an Australian–Dutch cricket player who started his playing career for the Dutch team in January 2012. He has also played for several teams in Australian domestic cricket. He started his first-class career for New South Wales in November 2011. Gugten started his One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International career in March 2012. He is a right-arm pace bowler. He has been a regular player for the Netherlands since his debut and played for the team at the 2014 World Twenty20.
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