Saturday May 14, 2022

Ryan Cook, the former fielding coach of the men’s Bangladesh team, will take over as interim head coach of the Netherlands team. The announcement was made by Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) in a press release, with the decision being necessitated due to Ryan Campbell‘s health after he had suffered a series of heart attacks last month and had to be hospitalised.

Campbell is, however, expected to make a full recovery and has been discharged from his hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. The statement from KNCB said that the board expects Campbell to return to Netherlands later in the summer.

Cook has previously worked closely with Peter Borren and Pieter Seelaar, and has had past stints as assistant coach at Hobart Hurricanes, South Africa A and South Africa Under-19. His father and brother are former South Africa Test cricketers Jimmy Cook and Stephen Cook respectively.

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“I am honoured to be joining the team and look forward to working with the players and coaches for the next few months,” Cook said in the statement. “There is an exciting schedule ahead and I aim to help the team from strength to strength.”

Netherlands host West Indies early next month for three ODIs as part of the ICC Super League competition that decides places for the 2023 ODI World Cup. England then visit Amstelveen for three more ODIs in what will be their first meeting in over 11 years, after which Netherlands play two T20Is (against New Zealand) and two ODIs (against Pakistan), all at home.

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Netherlands are currently last on the Super League points table, with only two wins – both against Ireland – in ten outings.

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