Netherlands add Cooper to World T20 squad

"Tom's availability certainly adds some more spice to our team"

“Tom’s availability certainly adds some more spice to our team”

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Netherlands have drafted batsman Tom Cooper into their squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month.

Cooper, who last played for Netherlands during the 2014 World Twenty20, replaced Sikandar Zulfiqar. However, Zulfiqar will still remain with the squad as a reserve player.

During the 2014 World Twenty20, Cooper was in superb form as he scored 231 runs in seven matches at a fantastic average of 57.75 and a strike rate of 137.50.

“Tom’s availability certainly adds some more spice to our team,” Netherlands head coach Anton Roux said. “His Dutch cricket family will welcome him back with open arms, and are looking forward to having massive fun playing together with the men in Orange.”

Netherlands Chairman of Selectors Jeroen Smits added: “Tom Cooper was part of the hugely successful 2014 World T20 team that progressed to the Super 10 phase as only Associate Member nation, so the current team will certainly benefit from Cooper’s inclusion and experience.”

Netherlands will have to finish atop their qualifying group, which consists of Bangladesh, Oman, and Ireland, in order to reach the Super 10 stage of the World Twenty20.

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