The Netherlands’ hopes of securing a place at the 2019 World Cup suffered a serious blow on Tuesday (February 20), with the news that Stephan Myburgh has been ruled out of next month’s ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe after aggravating an ankle injury.
The left-handed opener will fly back for surgery from Pretoria, where the Dutch are based for a series of warm-up games against Ireland, Hong Kong and Scotland. Netherlands physio Evan Speechly estimated that Myburgh would be out for at least four to six weeks.
Head Coach Ryan Campbell conceded losing Myburgh isn’t ideal. “It’s not ideal that’s for sure, losing someone of Stef’s talent and experience is never great and I’m sure we will miss him,” he said. “In saying that, we keep saying that the depth of our squad has improved and this will provide not only Bas a great opportunity but also the likes of Max O’Dowd the chance to step up and grab their chance at the top of the order.”