The Netherlands has announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifier, which will take place in the UAE in October. Fast bowlers Brandon Glover and Timm van der Gugten are not in the squad, while allrounder Bas de Leede has been named in the squad since his clause in the deal allows him to take part in the Qualifier. Logan van Beek, Clayton Floyd, and Saqib Zulfiqar are also back in the squad, while 19-year old Michael Levitt has earned a call-up.
Captain Scott Edwards expressed confidence in the squad, saying, “We have a good mixture of experienced players along with some exciting young players who have performed well in the domestic Pro Series and club season leading into this tournament.” The Netherlands will play against Zimbabwe, USA, Nepal, and West Indies from Group A on June 20, 22, 24, and 26, respectively. The top two teams from the Super Sixes will qualify for the World Cup, to be held in India in October and November this year.
The Netherlands gained some valuable experience in Zimbabwe prior to the Qualifier, when they toured South Africa and Zimbabwe in March. They lost 2-0 to South Africa in the three-match ODIs and suffered a 2-1 defeat to Zimbabwe. While the squad has some notable omissions, the Netherlands will look to perform well in the Qualifier and secure a spot in the T20 World Cup.