The KNCB has announced that current Vanuatu Cricket CEO Shane Deitz has been appointed as full time head coach of the Netherlands womenís team from 1st March on a two-year contract.

Deitzís remit will also include youth womenís national teams and a wider remit developing womenís cricket throughout the country.

He has been CEO of Vanuatu Cricket for a number of years and has also played for the country on ten occasions. The appointment will be a major loss to Vanuatu cricket with the 45 year-old having been so crucial in their progression in recent years.

The appointment represents a return to the Netherlands for Deitz, who played for HCC in 2007 and then for HBS in 2008 and 2013. His career has also seen him play club cricket in England in addition to an almost ten year stint with South Australia.

(Shane Deitz)

In a KNCB press release, Deitz said, ďIím very excited about the opportunity to work with the Netherlands womenís team. The KNCB have big ambitions, as do I, and thatís what excites me most about this challenge.

"The current global T20 ranking doesnít reflect the talent in the squad so we need to change that. The womenís game globally is getting more and more competitive, so we must be always working hard and looking to get better each day and the results will take care of themselves.

"Iíve been playing and watching Dutch cricket since 2007 and to work for the KNCB is something Iíve always wanted to do. I canít wait to get over there and get over there and get to work.Ē

KNCB High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre is pleased with the appointment, saying in the press release, ďThe KNCB is happy to announce Shane Deitz as the new Netherlands womenís head coach.

"These are exciting times for womenís cricket, with the ICC putting a lot of emphasis on the development and growth of the womenís game worldwide. The appointment of Shane confirms the KNCBís strategic plans for womenís cricket.

"He brings a great deal of experience with him, which will benefit the talented group of Dutch players and we canít wait for him to startĒ