The Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) has announced the two sides that will represent the Netherlands at ECL21 - the next edition of the European Cricket League.
Formed in 1883, the KNCB (Royal Dutch Cricket Board) is the governing body of cricket in the Netherlands. The KNCB has revealed the two teams that will have the honour of representing the Netherlands at ECL21 - the next edition of the European Cricket League.
V.O.C. Rotterdam have been basking in the glow as “Kings of Europe” ever since winning the inaugural European Cricket League – ECL19 – at La Manga Club in Spain last summer.
Naturally, the federation boasting the reigning Kings has two teams representing them in the ECL the following year. Therefore, with V.O.C. also claiming domestic T20 honours, runners-up HBS Craeyenhout sealed the second available spot for the Netherlands at ECL20.
However, both ECL reigning champions V.O.C. and HBS were cruelly denied a shot at winning the trophy because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the rather inevitable ECL20 postponement.
In a press conference on May 7, Prime Minister Rutte announced that no domestic cricket can be played in the Netherlands until September 1 this year, “leaving no room for a meaningful T20 competition in 2020,” the KNCB announced on their website.
The European Cricket League – ECL - is the Champions League of European cricket. The KNCB announcement provides some clarity for ECL21 which will be played from May 30 - June 6, 2021 at the La Manga Club in Spain.