The first is against Denmark, and will comprise two one-day matches and a T20, to be played at as yet unspecified venues on 18, 19 and 20 August.
Although confirmation is still to be obtained, the other is a four-match series – two one-day games and two T20s – against Scotland, programmed for Kampong’s Maarschalkerweerd ground in Utrecht between 24 and 28 August. These unofficial games may be scant consolation for the cancellation of a T20I against New Zealand and the postponement of the three-match Super League series against Pakistan, but they will provide Ryan Campbell’s national squad with some useful practice, and it will give Campbell an opportunity to pursue his goal of giving more international experience to young, home-produced talent.
It will also offer some attractive fixtures for the Netherlands’ cricket-starved enthusiasts.
Denmark and Scotland are among the Dutch side’s most familiar opponents.
The Danes first came to the Netherlands back in 1955, a series of two-day games occurring at intervals until 1977. The two countries’ fortunes may have diverged more recently – the last Danish victory in a full international was back in the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia – and Denmark are currently in the ICC Challenge League, two divisions below the Super League.
This should give Campbell the chance to extend the international experience of those who are still making their way on that stage, like left-handed opener Vikram Singh, all-rounder Hidde Overdijk and even Bas de Leede.
For Danish coaches Jeremy Bray and Fred Klokker, too, the series will provide an opportunity to further develop their young and talented squad in advance of the tri-series with Germany and Finland later in the month.
The Scotland series, if it went ahead (and that is still uncertain), would likely give Pieter Seelaar’s men a stiffer test: the Dutch have won only one of the last seven T20Is between the two sides, while the most recent one-day series, if we discount the abortive WCL Challenge games in 2015, was drawn one-apiece in Glasgow in 2016.
Much depends, of course, on who is available, on whether, for example, the two countries decide to – or are able to – pull in any of their county-contracted players, but the series would certainly provide some attractive cricket after the long, pandemic-induced lay-off.
This article was amended on 24 July to clarify that none of the proposed matches will/would be an official international. Cricket Scotland has in the meantime tweeted with regard to the proposed Scottish series that they 'can confirm these matches have not been agreed'.