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England tour of Netherlands postponed

What could be England’s first-ever series with Netherlands has been postponed by a year.

Netherlands were supposed to host England for a three-match ODI series in May 2021 as part of Cricket World Cup Super League. The boards of two nations have decided to push the series to May 2022.

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England have been part of two Super League series – against Ireland and Australia – both in bio-bubble at home. ECB hopes the fans will return as the time goes on.

“It is disappointing that we are unable to play the Netherlands in May in what would be England’s first visit to Holland,” ECB managing director Ashley Giles said.

“Hopefully, with the prospect of crowds returning to sport soon, we can rearrange the three matches in 2022 and showcase international cricket to capacity crowds. I am sure many fans will want to travel across from England and be part of this historic ODI series.”

Roland Lefebvre, the high performance manager of the Netherlands board, is keen on welcoming the World Cup winners in 2022.

“The KNCB is disappointed for the Super League fixtures against England to be postponed. These matches would have been the biggest event in the Netherlands since the Videocon series in 2004 when India, Pakistan and Australia visited VRA Amsterdam,” Lefebvre said.

“The prospect of playing the World Champions in a full house is exciting, and we look forward to welcoming the team back in 2022. We are very grateful for the cooperation we received from the ECB to make this happen.”

Earlier this year, Netherlands’s Super League series against Pakistan and West Indies at home and an away tour in Zimbabwe had been postponed. They are scheduled to host Ireland in July 2021.

Netherlands’ other away Super League fixtures are against Afghanistan, New Zealand and South Africa.

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