CS and KNCB announce 2014 North Sea Pro Series
Cricket Scotland and the KNCB (Royal Netherlands Cricket Board) are delighted to announce the launch of the North Sea Pro Series, Europe’s new professional cricket competition.
The Series will feature the four pro teams from the two countries playing each other home and away in two competitions called the North Sea 50 and North Sea 20 Series’. The competitions will provide each pro team with six matches in both 50 over and T20 formats, played predominantly on Sunday and Monday’s through May and early June.
Representatives of both national governing bodies were at Lord’s last week to launch the new venture and show off the trophies for both competitions.
Cricket Scotland Performance Director Andy Tennant commented “We are delighted to be working together with our Dutch counterparts on this exciting new concept which clearly has benefits for both countries. With no Scottish or Dutch involvement in English domestic competitions this year, this partnership is an ideal opportunity for us to stand on our own two feet and begin to develop a strong domestic professional competition for our best cricketers.”
Cricket Netherlands Chief Executive Richard Cox said, "This is a real reinforcement of the Netherlands intentions to embed a professional playing structure in the 50 over and T20 formats and these matches together with our own Hurricanes v Seafarers games in-country will go a long way to bridging the gap between club cricket and the international game in support of our home grown structures into the future”
The North Sea Pro Series will be supported by ICC TAPP (Targeted Assistance Performance Programme) funding and form an integral part of both nations long term development and commitment to work with the ICC to establish a high quality domestic professional cricket league in Europe.
Fixtures and venues for both competitions will be announced in due course.