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People are prevented from playing for the Netherlands: Akash Chopra

Aakash Chopra

Following Afghanistan’s stunning victory over England in the current World Cup, Netherlands went on to shock South Africa in match 15 of the ICC competition. Speaking of the game, after it was reduced to 43 overs each side, Netherlands scored 245 runs. However, South African hitters lacked the necessary firepower to reach the target, and all but Miller were unable to do so.

Netherlands beats South Africa

Captain Scott Edwards, who hit a masterful 78* off 69, is named player of the match as South Africa lost by a score of 38 runs. Logan van Beek, on the other hand, secured three wickets for his team. Văn Beek 3-60, while Van Meekeren, De Leede and Van der Merwe all take two wickets. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra offered his ideas on why Dutch cricketers hesitate to represent their country. Chopra clarified the importance of money to the Dutch team’s athletes as they pursued their sport.

Aakash Chopra, the host of JioCinema’s daily sports program “#AAKASHVANI,” outlined why so few Dutch people play cricket and how the Netherlands defeated South Africa. “The Netherlands is a group of inexperienced players. There aren’t many sidelined professionals. And the reason for that is that there is little to no money. There is no central contract hold by anyone. They do receive retainers, albeit how much each player receives depends on how much cricket they play. Seven of their players weren’t even there during qualifications because they were playing county cricket“.

Someone like Bas de Leede came for the qualifiers and went back simply because there’s no money to play qualifiers. So even if people want to play for the Netherlands, the lack of money holds them back. They are a team capable of playing one match that everyone remembers and that’s what they did against South Africa.

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