Netherlands to play Ireland in South Africa

The Netherlands will play Ireland in at least one ODI in South Africa as part of their preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Since winning the WCL Championship earlier this month, thus securing the 13th spot in the ODI League, the KNCB have been actively trying to pencil in as many fixtures as possible.

They have been making strenuous efforts to join UAE, Ireland and Scotland in their planned tri-series in Dubai starting in early January, but while negotiations on that are still ongoing, they have at least come to a firm agreement to play the Irish in at least one fixture in South Africa in February.

The ODI league cycle doesn't start for over two years with the first game against the Irish not down for decision until 2022.

The Netherlands have played Ireland nine times in ODI's winning just once, in Nairobi in 2007.

Their last game was a dramatic tie, when Michael Rippon hit the last ball for six in 2013. There was also a dramatic match in Belfast in 2007 when The Netherlands lost by 1 run following a batting meltdown.

Hopefully there will be more than nine ODI's between the sides in the next 12 years, as the countries are of course free to organise as many matches as possible between themselves and the early signs are encouraging.