As the Dutch cricket community waits for a signal from the government that national competitions will again be permitted – and hopes that some form of nationwide contest may be possible before the grounds are again flooded with footballers – several clubs have taken the initiative of setting up their own, internal leagues.

Two of the first are in culturally-diverse Amsterdam, where Hoofdklasse club VVV and Qui Vive from the Eerste Klasse have started Twenty20 competitions.

These must be played within the social distancing guidelines, and have the advantage of not requiring travel between cities, one of the main obstacles to the resumption of national competition.

Following the example of the IPL, the largely Indian Qui Vive club ran a virtual ‘auction’ of its players to allocate them to five teams, the Terminators, the Thunders, the Thrashers, the Troublemakers, and the Titans.

All matches are being played at Sportpark de Eendracht in Amsterdam’s Nieuw-West, multisport complex which has its own clear-cut rules for managing the covid-19 crisis.

On the other side of the River IJ, VVV launched their four-team ‘Franchise League’ last weekend, with the Stallions and the Pirates beating the Warriors and the Stars respectively.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, similar internal competitions have been set up by Eerste Klasse club Concordia in Delft and Kampong Utrecht, who play in the Hoofdklasse.

Concordia’s four-team league got under way last weekend, while Saturday will see the opening matches at Kampong’s Maarschalkerweerd ground, between Ali’s Army and Guido’s Gladiators, and between The Hassasinators and Pearce’s Pirates.

Apart from providing players with the cricket they have been missing so badly over the past couple of months, these initiatives should ensure that the clubs involved are ready to go when and if the KNCB is able to announce the start of a national competition.