The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) on Friday postponed the ODI series between Netherlands and England, official announced on Friday (November 27).
The three match ODI series which was part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League and was scheduled to be played in Amstelveen at the end of May 2021, has been postponed to May 2022 due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic
KNCB feels that in addition to the COVID situation, playing the series in front of limited or no audiences was not a viable prospect for them.
“This series would have been Netherlands' first in the World Cup Super League, with the one scheduled against Pakistan in 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic. The KNCB is disappointed for the Super League fixtures against England to be postponed. These matches would have been the biggest event in the Netherlands since the Videocon series in 2004 when India, Pakistan and Australia visited VRA Amsterdam," said Roland Lefebvre, High-Performance Manager of KNCB.
"The prospect of playing the World Champions in a full house is exciting, and we look forward to welcoming the team back in 2022. We are very grateful for the cooperation we received from the ECB to make this happen,’’ said Roland.
The ECB showed their understanding of this situation while managing director of England's men's cricket, Ashley Giles said that he is disappointed not to make their maiden visit to Ireland
"It is disappointing that we are unable to play the Netherlands in May in what would be England's first visit to Holland,’’ said Giles.
"Hopefully, with the prospect of crowds returning to sport soon, we can rearrange the three matches in 2022 and showcase international cricket to capacity crowds. I am sure many fans will want to travel across from England and be part of this historic ODI series,’’ he added.