NIEUWEGEIN (Netherlands): Former World Cup winner Gary Kirtsten and Australian Dan Christian have joined the Netherlands cricket team as consultants for the next T20 World Cup in Australia.
Qualified for the T20 World Cup in July, the Dutch will face the United Arab Emirates, Namibia and Sri Lanka in the group stage matches on October 16, 18 and 20 respectively.
The top two teams from the group stage will qualify for the Super 12s.
“We are very pleased to welcome Gary Kirsten and Dan Christian to our coaching staff for the T20 World Cup,” Royal Netherlands Cricket Federation (KNCB) High Performance Director Roland Lefebvre said in a statement. a statement.
“They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table which will be of great help ahead of and during the World Cup.”

The Dutch squad had a training camp with Kirsten and her coaching staff at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy in Cape Town in late September before leaving for Australia with head coach Ryan Cook, who worked closely collaboration with the South African in the past.
“I really enjoyed working with the Dutch team in Cape Town and can’t wait to join them as a consultant for the T20 World Cup,” said Kirsten, who won the IPL with the Gujarat Titans during of their first season this year.
Kirsten previously worked with the Dutch side in 2021 during the Super League series against Ireland.

“I was impressed with the level of skill and professionalism during the camp. They will be ready and determined to make a big impact at the T20 World Cup,” added the 54-year-old, who coached India. at the 2011 ODI World Cup. Title.
Former Australian all-rounder Christian, who has 393 T20 caps to his name and joined the Dutch side in Adelaide, will look to pass on his in-depth knowledge of local conditions.
“I spent a few weeks getting to know the guys, and was extremely impressed with everyone’s work ethic in training. I can’t wait to see them achieve some well-deserved success on the pitch.” , Christian said.

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