Former Australian wicket-keeper Ryan Campbell will start working as the coach for Netherlands national cricket team from April 2017. The 44-year old has played two international games for Australia in 2002 but have been one of the best wicket-keepers in the country in the domestic circuit.
He will be replacing interim Netherlands coach Chris Adams who will be in the position till the end of the side’s tour to Hong Kong. He was head coach and cricket operations manager for Hong Kong’s Kowloon Cricket Club and also became Hong Kong’s batting coach in 2013.
He also played for Hong Kong in early 2016 in World T20 as he became the oldest player ever to debut in the format at 44. He has played three T20Is for Hong Kong and have managed 36 runs, 2 wickets.
“I am honoured to be offered the head coach position with Netherlands cricket, a team that has risen to great heights on the world stage and has a rich tradition in the game,” Campbell said.
“They have many talented players and I hope my experience can help bring on the youngsters, whilst also helping out our experienced leaders.
“With my wife and son holding Dutch passports, I have always held the Netherlands close to my heart and I can’t wait to get there and make a big contribution to the direction of Dutch Cricket.”
The Netherlands national team is currently sitting in the third position in the Intercontinental Cup table, with two wins and two losses from four matches so far. There are also placed second on the WCL Championship table with 12 points from eight matches and are tied with table toppers Papua New Guinea who have managed a win more to clinch the top spot in the table.