Tim Gruijters will be returning to Netherlands squad after two years © Getty Images
Tim Gruijters will be returning to Netherlands squad after two years © Getty Images

Netherlands batsman Tim Gruijters will be returning to the side for Intercontinental Cup as selectors announced the squad. The last time Gruijters played for Netherlands in an ODI was 2013 against Canada. His inclusion in the side will certainly raise a few many eyebrows as he has not scored a single century or half century in any format of the game. He will be playing four-day Intercontinental Cup against Afghanistan followed by World Cricket Championship against Nepal. He has been out of the action for more than two years now. He was not included in the Netherlands squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2014 due to back injury.

He was replaced by Tim Cooper which turned out well for Netherlands as he was the second highest scorer in the tournament. Gruijters exclusion from the side created controversy as he claimed bullied by the management even when they knew about his injury. According to Cricbuzz the issue was resolved. Surprisingly Tom Cooper has not been selected in the squad. When compared to Tim Gruijters, Tom Cooper has a better record having scored 976 runs at an average of 48.80 whereas Gruijters has just 68 runs in five ODIs.

Logan van Beek too was a surprise exclusion seeing his First-Class record as an all-rounder. Peter Borren will be leading the side to these campaigns. Netherlands are currently at the top of Points Table of ICC World Cricket Championships (WCL) with four wins in six matches. They remain unbeaten in the tournament as two matches against Scotland yielded no result.

Netherlands Squads:

Intercontinental Cup: Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Quirijn Gunning, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Shane Snater, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren

WCL Championship: Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Shane Snater, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Sikander Zulfiqar