National coach Ryan Campbell has maintained his policy of bringing on talented young home-produced players in the 14-man Dutch squad to play two ODIs and four T20 Internationals against Namibia in Windhoek in March.
Six of the side which won the World T20 qualifier in the UAE in November are omitted for the Namibia trip, with more international exposure offered to 17-year-old left-handed opening batsman Vikram Singh, allrounders Bas de Leede and Sikander Zulfiqar, and paceman Sebastiaan Braat.
Pace bowler Viv Kingma also returns to the squad, having missed out on the qualifier through injury, but his former Voorburg teammate Brandon Glover, who has just signed a three-year contract with Northamptonshire, is recovering from ankle surgery and was not considered for selection.
Also missing from the side for Namibia is regular wicketkeeper Scott Edwards, the gloves being taken by Tobias Visée, who had a disappointing World T20 qualifier but who remains one of the most explosively destructive openers in Associates cricket.
"Scott has a big summer of cricket ahead of him," says Campbell, "and we want to give Tobias a chance to keep wicket at international level again."
County players Ryan ten Doeschate, Fred Klaassen and Shane Snater – the latter also recovering from injury – will be with their counties for the pre-season preparations, but Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe will bring all their experience to the side. The pace quartet of Kingma, Braat, Paul van Meekeren and Timm van der Gugten is capable of testing the Namibian batting line-up, with medium-pacers De Leede and Zulfiqar providing variation.
Leg-spinner Philippe Boissevain, who was with the side for the qualifier but did not play, will get the chance to confirm his ability at this level, sharing the spinning role with skipper Pieter Seelaar, Van der Merwe and Ackermann.
With a T20I against New Zealand, a quadrangular series against Oman, Namibia and the USA, and a three-match series against Pakistan in the ODI Super League scheduled for an intensive four-week period in June and July, the Windhoek games will provide both valuable experience and a chance to claim a place for the big matches to come.
Then there's the World T20 tournament in Australia in October and November, and Campbell is keen to stress that the door to a spot in that side is still firmly open.
Former international stalwarts Stef Myburgh and Wesley Barresi are also missing from the squad for Namibia, but Campbell says: "I certainly believe that Stef and Wes can fight their way back into this team with good performances this summer."
The full squad is: Peter Seelaar (VOC, captain), Colin Ackermann (Leicestershire), Philippe Boissevain (Voorburg), Sebastiaan Braat (Hermes-DVS), Ben Cooper (VRA), Timm van der Gugten (Glamorgan), Viv Kingma (Voorburg), Bas de Leede (MCC Young Cricketers), Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe (Somerset), Max O'Dowd (VOC), Vikram Singh (VRA), Tobias Visée (HBS), and Sikander Zulfiqar (ACC).