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Rain ends Pakistan's Dutch clash

By Julian Guyer 31/08/2004 03:30:33 AM Comments (0)

Rain, appropriately, ended Pakistan's visit to the Netherlands when their friendly match against the Dutch national side at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen was abandoned.

Pakistan were 6-122, in a match already reduced to 25 overs per side, when Dutch umpires Chris Pickett and Eric van der Vegt called a halt.

Abdul Razzaq was 24 not out and wicketkeeper Moin Khan 20 not out, their unbroken stand of 44 repairing the damage after Pakistan slumped to 6-78.

However, Pakistan's 'collapse' had to be set in the context of a friendly match - games against the Netherlands do not count as full one-day internationals unless played at the World Cup or other official International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

And such were the conditions that had this match been a fully-fledged international it would never have got under way at all.

The game itself was an appendix to the rain-marred triangular tournament which saw world champions Australia beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the final on Saturday in an event also featuring India.

All three teams had come to the Netherlands in a bid to warm-up for next month's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England.

But each was frustrated by the weather and it was a similar story with the start delayed by three hours.

When play did get underway Imran Farhat was caught down the legside in the second over by wicketkeeper Jeroen Smits, one of several Dutch cricketers who featured at last year's World Cup, off Darren Reekers' first ball.

Dutch captain Reekers (2-19), had his second victim, when Shahid Afridi (12) was well caught in the covers by Bas Zuiderent, who has played English county cricket for Sussex, after the ball stopped on a slow pitch.

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