Netherlands denied permission to train in Dharamsala

The Dutch team is currently in the middle of a 12-day-long preparatory camp at the Alur grounds here. It would have preferred, however, to train in Dharamsala, given that all its Group A games are to be played at the HPCA Stadium.

A photo of the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala   -  THE HINDU;THE HINDU

The Netherlands cricket team has expressed its disappointment over being denied permission to train in Dharamsala ahead of next month's ICC World T20. The Dutch team is currently in the middle of a 12-day-long preparatory camp at the Alur grounds here. It would have preferred, however, to train in Dharamsala, given that all its Group A games are to be played at the HPCA Stadium.

“We requested the ICC to allow us to prepare in Dharamsala, but they told us that it would not be possible,” said Ed van Nierop, the team Manager. “We were thus a bit surprised to see both Ireland and Bangladesh being allowed to prepare in Dharamsala. We're a bit puzzled. We're disappointed that we weren't allowed to train in Dharamsala.”

At the end of its camp here on February 29, the Netherlands will play two warm-up matches at Mohali.