Cricket Netherlands appoint Ryan Cook as interim coach

Yash Mittal

Yash Mittal

Author| May 14, 3:56 PM

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The Royal Dutch Cricket Association, on Saturday, announced Ryan Cook as the interim coach of the men's cricket team in place of Ryan Campbell.

Cook has previously served as the fielding coach of the Bangladesh men's cricket team, besides working as fielding and assistant coach of the South African U-19 team and the Hobart Hurricanes at the Big Bash League (BBL) in 2018.

In a statement released by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), Cook said that he is 'honoured' and 'delighted' to join the set-up and is looking to work closely with players and other members of the support staff.

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

Cook has been appointed interim coach after regular coach Ryan Campbell suffered cardiac arrest during a family holiday in England earlier this month.

The former Australian and Hong Kong International, who represented the former in three ODIs and a couple of T20Is, spent a week in an induced coma at the NHS Royal Stoke University Hospital before finally getting discharged.

Campbell was appointed head coach of the Dutch men's team back in 2017, and the KNCB, in their statement, confirmed that they expect the former international cricketer to make a complete recovery and return to the side later in the summer.

Interim coach Cook's maiden assignment will be a three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies between May 31 and June 4.

Following this, the Dutch will host world champions England for another three-match series from June 17 to 22.

This will be followed by a couple of T20Is against New Zealand and three ODIs against Pakistan (August 16-21) in the month of August.

These ODI assignments will be crucial for the Netherlands as they aim to improve their position in the ongoing ODI Super League. They are currently languishing at the last spot in the points table, having managed just two victories in ten outings, thus far.

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