In the month of Nov-Dec 2021, The Netherlands cricket authority announced that they will travel to South Africa for a 3 One Day International matches bilateral series. The tournament, South Africa vs New Zealand ODI 2021 series will be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League which is running from 2020 to 2023. The ODI series will begin with the first match on 26th November 2021. The 2nd and 3rd ODI will be contested on 28th November and 1st December 2021. The venue for all the 3 ODI matches will be the same i.e, Centurion Park, Centurion. This cricket ground is also popular by the name SuperSport Park in South Africa.
South Africa has a busy schedule after the ICC T20 World Cup as they will host the Netherlands, then India, and Bangladesh. Currently, Quinton de Kock is the running captain of the South Africa ODI team and Pieter Seelaar is the captain of the Netherlands. The last 4 head to head One Day International matches between South Africa and the Netherlands were won by South Africa. The last ODI was played at Amstelveen on May 31 2013 where South Africa won by 83 runs. The Netherlands does not have a very nice record against South Africa and playing against Africa at their home has never been easy for any cricket team.
Presently, the Netherlands stands at the 11th position in the ICC ODI ranking and South Africa is sitting at the 5th position. South Africa has a strong batting lineup and good pacers whereas the Netherlands is short of experienced players but they will try their best and also have a great chance to learn from this upcoming ODI series in South Africa. Playing against a team that is packed with lots of talented and experienced crickets is a good opportunity for the Netherlands to develop and sharpen their cricket. It would be interesting to watch how the Netherlands will perform on the fast and bouncing pitch of Africa.