Ryan Campbell was roped in by the Netherlands to join them as their coach    Getty Images
Ryan Campbell was roped in by the Netherlands to join them as their coach Getty Images

Ryan Campbell had an interesting international career. After turning up for Australia for a couple of One-Day Internationals (ODI), he made his T20I debut in a Hong Kong jersey in the ICC World T20 2016 in India. Now the coach of Hong Kong Island United, Campbell was roped in by the Netherlands to join them as their coach, after his stint is over at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. Campbell says that he is looking forward to joining the Dutch side.

It s a fantastic opportunity for me to take over the Dutch. They are on the brink of perhaps becoming the 13th ODI country. We got a lot of hard work to do in the between time. It s a great opportunity, I m looking forward to it, Campbell said.

Campbell further elaborated on his romance with Hong Kong and added, “It was a hard decision to leave Hong Kong obviously. I ve loved every minute I ve spent here. But the challenge is there for me and hopefully I can do well. I ve actually found Ryan ten Doeschate here. I ll be having a word with him to see if I can bring him back into the Dutch fold. So, it s exciting times. Rodney Miles, CHK President: Progress HK have made over the years has been tremendous

Hong Kong Island United lost their first match of the tournament when the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side lost the Galaxy Gladiators Lantau by 8 wickets. Campbell believes that the lack of partnership cost his side the match. We ended up being 30 runs short, there were some soft dismissals cost us momentum in the end. We showed yesterday, if we get a partnership going, you can score anything on this ground. Towards the end, you have one of the greatest players in the world Misbah hitting them like no one can believe. We just need to bat around him a little bit. Disappointing in the end, also having Ian Bell out injured also hurt us. He is a top quality player. Fingers crosses, he ll be okay to play tomorrow, said the HKIU coach.