The West Indies will tour the Netherlands for the first time this May, as the Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands from 31 May to 4 June.
The three matches, which will be staged at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen, form part of the ICC ODI Super League. As such, the results will go towards qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The West Indies have played two ODI series already in 2022 and lost both–to Ireland at home and away to India.
“We have been working closely with our colleagues at KNCB to put together this series immediately after the IPL,” said CWI CEO Johnny Grave, “and we are happy to now be able to announce the match schedule. It’s going to be exciting to tour the Netherlands for the first time.
“It is a short tour, but we expect great entertainment during what promises to be a wonderful week of quality cricket for the fans in the Netherlands.”
Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Board (KNCB) high performance manager Roland Lefebvre reminisced about a visit by the West Indies in 1991 for two exhibition matches.
The non-Test nation will enjoy a more meaningful clash with the Maroon Men on this occasion.
“The KNCB is very excited to welcome the West Indies cricket team back to the Netherlands,” said Lefebvre. “The last time the team visited our country was in 1991, for two 55-over friendly matches, with the likes of [Viv] Richards, [Desmond] Haynes, [Curtly] Ambrose, and [Malcolm] Marshall present.
“These matches will be the second Cricket World Cup Super League home series for the Dutch team and we look forward to a great Caribbean-style contest.”
Match schedule (at VRA Ground)
Tuesday 31 May: 1st ODI
Thursday 2 June: 2nd ODI
Saturday 4 June: 3rd ODI