The Netherlands claimed the 13th spot in the One-Day International League, joining the 12 Full Members in the competition slated to start in 2020.
The Associate side were confirmed winners of the ICC World Cricket League Championship on Wednesday (December 6), having topped the eight-team table with nine wins from 13 games. All teams will play their last match on December 8.
“It means an awful lot to us, I am lost for words,” said an emotional Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain. “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.
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2017
An amazing day for a great bunch of lads @KNCBcricket just provided me with 1 of the greatest days of my cricket life,words simply not enough!Thanks 2 @Rooster55555 @grizz598 for starting the journey & everyone involved in Dutch cricket….onwards & upwards @gilly381 @TimGossage
— Ryan Campbell (@cambo_19) December 6, 2017
— Ben N Cooper (@bencooper_32) December 6, 2017
— Roelof van der Merwe (@Roela52) December 6, 2017
The Netherlands also sealed their place in the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifier, along with Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Hong Kong, who make up the top four of the Championship table.
They will join the bottom four Full Members — West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland — and two more from among the bottom four WCLC teams, Canada and Oman in the World Cup Qualifier.
The ODI League, which was green-lit by the ICC in October, will have each side playing four home and four away series, comprising three ODIs each, before it moves to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards. It was set up so as to provide context to bilateral one-day series, and serve as a pathway to qualification for subsequent World Cups. For the likes of the Netherlands, who have been starved of top-level cricket outside of the World Cups, the competition presents an opportunity to sit at the table with the big guns.