As the T20 World cup in Australia Inches and closer, I have the honour to interview Holland cricket’s Mr Depenedable, the veteran and supremely talented Pieter Seelar, A man leading a side that are more than capable of causing a few upsets in this tourney.
Thank you Pieter for taking the time out and doing this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself & how you got involved in cricket?
I’m Pieter Seelaar, captain of the Netherlands Men’s Cricket Team. My role in the team is an allrounder. Personally, I’m a big fan of Hip-Hop/Rap, enjoy my fashion and I’m about to become a father of a boy.
Got involved with cricket because of football actually. Started playing at Hermes DVS in Schiedam where I was born. At a football practise we got a cricket lesson, and that’s how I rolled into cricket
What was playing cricket like as a youngster in a football dominated country?
As a youngster, I didn’t realize that cricket was a small sport. Just that my friends would make fun of me playing in long pants and it was supposed to be for ‘the rich kids’. In the end, I just enjoyed the sport and never thought I’d make a living out of it, as I until I was 18 wanted to be a professional football player.
Netherlands recently qualified for the T20 World Cup, what preparations have Cricket Netherlands put in place to ensure a strong performance at the event?
We have more to focus on than just the T20 World Cup. From this year we will also feature in the ICC Super League. But as for the preparation for the T20 World Cup, we are going to Namibia at the end of March to play 4 T20I (and 2 ODI) against them.
In June we play New Zealand in a one-off T20I at home. And we will plan a preparation tour to Australia at the start of October, so we can get used to the conditions.
As the captain of the National team are you feeling any pressure going into the world cup?
To be honest I felt the pressure at the World T20 Qualifiers. Although the fact that if we go through to the second phase at the World Cup means we automatically qualify for the T20 World Cup in 2021 in India, I don’t feel any pressure (yet).
Netherlands have caused a few upsets in the Cricket arena and we do hope to see a few more at the world cup, What are your most memorable moments playing cricket for the national team?
The win over England at Lord’s in 2009 is a day I still remember vividly! That is by far my most memorable moment. But the win over Ireland in 2014 in Sylhet, Bangladesh is also right up there.
Where do you see Dutch cricket in the next five years?
I’d like to see the sport grow in the Netherlands, which is going to be very tough. A lot needs to put in place in order to make that happen. But I see us playing in the ICC Super League again, and feature at as many World Cups as possible.
As long as that happens, and the sport grows (for mens and women) I’d be very happy.
Who are the upcoming youngsters in the Dutch team we should look out for at the World Cup?
At this moment I’d say Phillipe Boissevain, Bas de Leede, Saqib and Sikander Zulfiqar and Vikram Singh would be the most promising prospects. But a lot of hard work needs to be done. They all have represented the Netherlands over the last years or so, and it would be great to see some or all of them prosper at the World Cup.