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Update England tour of Netherlands postponed to May 2022

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The ODI series between Netherlands and England, which was scheduled for the end of May 2021, has been postponed to May 2022 due to the 'continuing uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic ', it was announced on Friday (November 27). The three match ODI series, which was to be played in Amstelveen, was part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League.

In addition to the COVID situation, playing the series in front of limited or no audience was not a viable prospect for The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB), "and the ECB showed their understanding of this situation." This series would have been Netherlands' first in the World Cup Super League, with the one scheduled against Pakistan in 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic.

"The KNCB is disappointed for the Super League fixtures against England to be postponed. These matches would have been the biggest event in the Netherlands since the Videocon series in 2004 when India, Pakistan and Australia visited VRA Amsterdam," said Roland Lefebvre, High-Performance Manager of KNCB.

"The prospect of playing the World Champions in a full house is exciting, and we look forward to welcoming the team back in 2022. We are very grateful for the cooperation we received from the ECB to make this happen."

Ashley Giles, Managing director of England's men's cricket, added: "It is disappointing that we are unable to play the Netherlands in May in what would be England's first visit to Holland.

"Hopefully, with the prospect of crowds returning to sport soon, we can rearrange the three matches in 2022 and showcase international cricket to capacity crowds. I am sure many fans will want to travel across from England and be part of this historic ODI series."

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