Netherlands agree to sign Adams on a short-term consultancy role

"I've had success wherever I've been and this is another opportunity to work with a side to bring about success"

“I’ve had success wherever I’ve been and this is another opportunity to work with a side to bring about success”

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The Netherlands have agreed to sign former Surrey team director Chris Adams on a short-term consultancy role.

Adams, who also enjoyed a successful stint with Sri Lanka earlier this year, will help the national team get prepared for the World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia, which will run from January 17 to 24, over a three-week period.

During that tournament, the Netherlands will face Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Nepal.

“This is a really exciting opportunity,” Adams told ESPNcricinfo. “The aim is to help a young side find the extra skills they need to win and, by doing that, to remind people what I can do.

“People took a lot about the environment and culture of teams, but ultimately it is about winning. I’ve had success wherever I’ve been and this is another opportunity to work with a side to bring about success.

“Of course, I’m sorry the way things ended the way they did at Surrey. We were building nicely, we enjoyed some success and then tragedy struck. It set in place a chain of events which ended my time with the club.

“I think we were terribly unlucky. Even after we signed Graeme Smith [for the 2013 season], who we had so much faith in, he turned up for a few games, sustained a serious injury and had to leave. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

“It would have been nice if the club had taken a different view. It would have been nice if they had shown more patience and understood that a distraught dressing room needed some time. But it wasn’t to be.

“The cricket world is small and there aren’t many coaching roles out there. It’s been a frustrating time.

“But I have to be patient. And my experience with Sri Lanka reminded me how much I love this game and how much I had to offer. Maybe I had lost a bit of confidence, but I’m a strong character and I’m looking forward to helping another group of players fulfil their potential.”

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