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Ryan Campbell has announced that he will not be seeking to extend his contract with the Dutch men’s team after it expires at the end of September. He has agreed to stay on as consultant coach during the upcoming World Cup to assist Ryan Cook who will act as Head Coach.
Campbell: “It’s been a turbulent year during which I’ve had the opportunity to think extensively about my future and that of my family. After the great successes in recent years, I feel it is now time to pass on the baton. I’m looking forward to this upcoming World Cup, with which I can end a fantastic period with the Dutch national team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my support staff over my time here, especially James Hilditch, my assistant coach, who has been with me from the start, and of course the players. Together, we have taken Dutch cricket to a whole new level.”
Campbell became coach of the Netherlands in April 2017. His first success was leading the side to victory in the World Cricket League (WCL) which automatically secured the Netherlands the coveted 13th spot for the ICC ODI Super League. Achieving this position regained for the Netherlands its ODI status and offers the prospect of direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023.
During his tenure the Netherlands’ ICC ODI ranking reached its historical peak at 11th in the world. The team also qualified for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Campbell never hesitated to select young Dutch players from the Topklasse, giving players such as Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede and Vikramjit Singh chances to excel on the international stage.
Most recently, this squad qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Campbell’s absence following his cardiac arrest under interim coach Ryan Cook.
Ryan Cook: “I have worked closely with Ryan Campbell and the support staff during my interim tenure and I am confident that the experiences we have shared and lessons we have learned will stand us in good stead for the upcoming global event.”
KNCB High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre: “We thank Cambo for all his hard work and dedication over the past five years. We feel confident that his expertise and knowledge of the team will assist Ryan Cook in the best possible way for the T20 World Cup.”