Netherland players arrive in style in India for World T20

Bipin Dani
Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—After their spectacular performance during the previous World T20 in Bangladesh, the Netherlands World T20 squad arrived in Bangalore late last week to prepare for the 2016 edition of the World T20 in India at the Karnataka State Cricket Association Three Oval facility.
On 9-11-13 March, Netherlands Cricket plays Bangladesh, Oman and Ireland in the first round of the World T20 in Dharamshala.
The players during the trip have brought some different kit bags, not exactly resembling the traditional canvas cricket bags, according to his team manager Ed van Nierop.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Banglaore, he said, ‘being involved with Netherlands Cricket as their team manager since 2008, I spent so much time getting canvas cricket wheelie bags repaired whilst on tour over the years, that I started working on developing a hard shell set consisting of a cabin size case, normal size suitcase and cricket case. The rest is history”.
“The first teams start using the sets were South Africa and Pakistan during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Many international teams followed”.
“Through my involvement with Netherlands Cricket I was lucky to have met many fellow team and logistics managers with similar bag repair experiences. The hard shell cases have proven to be a perfect solution. Players love the product as well because their kit stays in one piece’. Van Nierop added.
On asked whether the Indian team would follow this new trend, the manager says, “also a India blue set was presented to BCCI and I am hoping they will decide soon to acquire Wheeliecases for the Indian squad. A couple of India players got in touch with me directly and are using already. Also the first few IPL teams have ordered or are showing interest’.
On what the future of the product looks like Van Nierop replies: ‘We were lucky enough a couple of international teams started using”.
“Now we are looking at BBL and CPL franchises, universities, club teams and socials cricketers through local distributors”.
“In IPL the Mumbai Indian team and the Royal Challengers have liked the suitcases”. The Netherland team will have net practice sessions at Mohali also before the players board a flight to Dharamsala. At Delhi, the players would be greeted by the Netherland’s High Commissioner to India.

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