Roelof & Paul selected by Netherlands

Roelof van der Merwe and Paul van Meekeren are currently in Oman as the Netherlands prepare for the Quadrangular IT20 tournament.

The Netherlands will be taking on Scotland, Ireland and Oman in the competition and Paul is looking forward to the experience.

“This is the only real opportunity for us all to play this format before the T20 qualifiers in October,” he said. “We will be playing against each of the other teams, after which the Dutch boys who are involved with their counties will be flying back to join their teams in England, while the others fly off to Chennai for a couple of 50-over matches.”

The Dutch team play the first of their three T20 games against Scotland tomorrow (Wednesday) before facing Oman on February 15th and Ireland on February 17th.

Paul also talked about how his winter training has been going.

“The winter has gone well for me,” he said. “I’ve been working hard and putting in a lot of hours in the nets and in the gym to get ready for the summer.

“I’ve been involved with some community events as well, which I enjoy. One of these was helping to launch the new Super 1s in Taunton, which was amazing and great fun.

“I love being involved in these sorts of events. Everyone looks up to professional cricketers, so it’s great to be able to give something back to the community and to hopefully inspire people. I enjoy it very much and really like that side of things.”

Netherlands image courtesy of Getty Images


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