New Zealand will travel to the Netherlands for a two-match Twenty20 International series in August 2022, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond announced on Friday. Both teams are currently playing a three-match ODI series which was preceded by a single T20.
The VCC Ground in Voorburg will host both the T20Is on August 4 and 6 respectively. Both matches will be played at 5 PM (Local Time). This is New Zealand's first bilateral tour to the Netherlands since 1986 when the Kiwis toured for a two-match 40-overs-a-side series.
“The chance to play the best white-ball teams in the world has always been the goal for this team. To test our young players against them, as well as showcasing our skills in front of our home fans is so extremely exciting,” said Netherlands head coach Ryan Campbell.
“The Black Caps coming to The Netherlands again shows the respect we are building in world cricket and I hope all Dutch fans come out and enjoy the contest”, he added.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead also expressed excitement about the tour and was quoted saying, “We’re really excited to be touring the Netherlands. Playing against Associate teams as a Full Member nation is a really important part of helping them grow, and that can only benefit the world game long term.”
In the first ODI of the tour, New Zealand defeated the Netherlands by seven wickets as they had to chase 204 runs. Will Young, Kiwi batting all-rounder, scored 103 off 114 balls with eight fours and three sixes and won the Player of the Match award. After the match, he was quoted saying, "Awesome way to start the series. First ODI hundred, over the moon. We (himself and Tickner) were roaming out and talking about getting a hundred and a fifer, nearly the perfect day.
"This is a class side. The team is run unbelievably well. So just about coming and enjoying your cricket. That's what has been happening with a lot of guys who have been given the opportunities. I have played at 3 in one day cricket a lot in my career. Good to go out there and knock the runs off."