Ryan Cook appointed as Netherlands interim head coach

South African Ryan Cook was named interim head coach of the Netherlands men’s cricket team on Saturday (May 14).

The move came after regular head coach Ryan Campbell suffered a series of cardiac arrests last month while on vacation with his family in Perth, Australia.

The 50-year-old was recently discharged from a Royal Stoke University Hospital in Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent (UK).

Ryan Campbell expected to fully recover later this summer: KNCB

Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (the governing body of cricket in the Netherlands) hopes Campbell will return later this summer.

Ryan Campbell is expected to make a full recovery and we hope to welcome him back later this summer,” the KNCB statement read.

Ryan Campbell (Image credits: Twitter)

I am honored to join the team: Ryan Cook

Cook, who served as Bangladesh coach until the 2019 World Cup, expressed his gratitude for being appointed coach of the Dutch national team.

Cook has also worked as an assistant coach for the Hobart Hurricanes, South Africa A and South Africa U19s, although he has never played competitive level cricket.

“I am honored to join the team and look forward to working with the players and coaches over the next few months. There is an exciting schedule ahead and I aim to help the team grow stronger and stronger” , Cook said.

Ryan Cook
Ryan Cook. Image: Twitter

Cook’s father Jimmy Cook played three Tests and four ODI games for the Proteas in 1991-93. His brother Stephen Cook has also played 11 Tests for the South Africa national team, with the last appearance coming against New Zealand in 2017.

The Netherlands will host the West Indies for a three-match ODI home series between May 31 and June 4 at the VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen. The matches will be part of the ICC ODI Super League.

The Netherlands are also set to play three ODIs against England in July. They will play a few T20I matches against the Black Caps in August, followed by three ODIs against Pakistan.

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