Tabraiz Shamsi expects the wounded Dutch to prove ODI Super League point

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Tabraiz Shamsi. (Photo by Isuru Sameera Peiris/Gallo Images)
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  • Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi says the Dutch will have a point to prove when they face South Africa in the first of three ODIs at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
  • Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Brandon Glover and Stephan Myburgh are former South African first-class players who play for the Netherlands.
  • Shamsi adds that the ODI Super League which the International Cricket Council has scrapped provided context for individual matches.

Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi says the Netherlands' South African legion will have a point to prove in the ODI series that starts at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

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Ryan Campbell's side has Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Brandon Glover, and Stephan Myburgh, all of whom were born in South Africa and played their formative cricket on these shores.

Van Der Merwe represented the Proteas in 13 ODIs and 13 T20s between 2009 and 2010.

Shamsi said the Dutch will have every reason to come hard at them as the scrapping of the International Cricket Council ODI Super League means a team like the Netherlands won't always get a chance to play against a team like South Africa.

"They have a few South African players and they will have a point to prove with the Super League being scrapped," Shamsi said.

"This could be their last opportunity to make a statement, but we also need the points for World Cup qualification.

"They're going to be up for the fight and so will we with so many new guys in the squad who'll want to put their hands up."

The ODI Super League, consisting of 13 teams, allows the associate nations to have a tilt at the established nations.

The top eight sides qualify directly for the 10-team 2023 World Cup in India while the five remaining teams will play the other five associate sides in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to determine the two sides who will join the other eight.

With the Proteas in ninth place, they run the risk of being caught up in the qualifier rat race, but a whitewash of the Dutch will move them to 64 points and to third place.

Shamsi said the Super League makes every game matter and that's important to him.

"The ODI Super League does have context and every series you play in has consequences," Shamsi said.

"I like this format because you can't take it easy against any team, while in the older format, under-strength units would be fielded against associate teams."

Shamsi lent his voice to the changing of the system, saying that one of the reasons it could have been scrapped was the amount of cricket being played globally.

"Any way we qualify for the World Cup could be the best possible solution for us," Shamsi said.

"There's the Super League that is here that won't be around next time and there will be a new format.

"To be honest, I haven't thought about it to that point, but I feel with the amount of cricket that's being played, squeezing in extra cricket may not be the best solution.

"Perhaps that's the reason the Super League is being scrapped. That's what I'd think of right now."

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