A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: South Africa to tour Netherlands at the end of May

AB de Villiers will lead South Africa during the ODI against the Netherlands

South Africa will tour the Netherlands at the end of May in preparation for the Champions Trophy, which will be hosted by England in June, where their first match will be against India on June 6.

The two teams will be involved in team-building activities and three days worth of practice before an ODI is held on May 31 in Amstelveen.

This will be the third ODI between the two countries, but the first outside of a World Cup.

South Africa have registered massive wins in every match they have played against the Netherlands.

“We feel we have pulled off a real coup in getting one of the top ODI Nations in the World to come to the Netherlands not only to play but also to act as their preparation-base for this major tournament,” Netherlands CEO Richard Cox said. “We are looking forward to having some of the household names of world cricket on our doorstep.

“As a result of the Champions Trophy being held in the UK it has given many European countries the opportunity to maximise the chance to play a Full Member through the support of ICC’s TAPP funding policy.”

Netherlands coach Peter Drinnen noted that it was an outstanding opportunity for his side to get some valuable match experience against one of the top ranked ODI sides in the world.

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this possible,” Drinnen said. “It is a great opportunity to showcase the game in this country as well as provide an extremely valuable opportunity to our players to measure themselves against some of the best in the world.

“These opportunities are very important for our continued development and I know all parties here in the Netherlands involved in this series will be working hard on and off the park to ensure the South African touring party have a very beneficial stay with us.”

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