Netherlands confirmed as the 13th team in the ODI League

It was set up to provide context to bilateral one-day series, and serve as a pathway to qualification for subsequent World Cups and a side like Netherlands would not want to miss out on the opportunity.

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Netherlands. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Netherlands team grabbed the 13th spot in the One-Day International League, alongside the 12 other Full members in the competition that will begin in 2020. Netherlands, the associate nation were confirmed as winners of the ICC World Cricket League Championship on Wednesday. The European nation topped the eight-member table with nine wins from their 13 games. All the teams in the Championship will have their final outing on December 8.

Under the leadership of Peter Borren, the Dutch side have won their games comprehensively in the league championship, while trying to reclaim their way back to the biggest trophy in cricket, the World Cup.

Captain Peter Borren reacts

“It means an awful lot to us, I am lost for words,” said an emotional Peter Borren according to quotes on Wisden India. “It is definitely the highlight in a long career for me.”

“I could not be prouder of the effort of the team not just today, but also over the last three years,” he said after a 236-run stand between Wesley Barresi and Ben Cooper in Dubai gave them an eight-wicket win over Namibia and confirmed their position.

Top four teams

The European side sealed their place in the 2019 ICC World Cup qualifier, alongside Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Hong Kong to form the top four teams in the league. The top four sides of the league will take on the bottom four of the full members. The bottom four countries in the full member’s list are West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland.

Further, two more countries from among the bottom four WCLC teams, Canada and Oman in the World Cup Qualifier will be part of the competition for qualifying for World Cup. The ICC gave the ODI League the green light in October, will have each side play four home and four away series.

The series would be comprised of three ODI matches each before all teams start playing each other from the second cycle onward. It was set up to provide context to bilateral one-day series, and serve as a pathway to qualification for subsequent World Cups and a side like Netherlands would not want to miss out on the opportunity.