Van Beek throws his lot in with the Netherlands
Logan van Beek jokes he looks good in Dutch orange but is disappointed he won't be part of next year's World Cup in New Zealand.
The 23-year-old is, however, part of the Netherlands' Twenty20 World Cup team.
After playing under-19 cricket for New Zealand, van Beek served a four-year stand-down and as of January 26, was eligible to play for the Dutch and they've selected the Canterbury all-rounder in their 15-man squad. The Netherlands will be captained by another former Canterbury lad and New Zealand under-19 player, Peter Borren.
It's an opportunity, van Beek said, that was too good to refuse. He's had a Dutch passport since he was a teenager as his father Verdi is Dutch.
After playing club cricket in the Netherlands in 2012 he played one match for the side against Essex.
Because he had not completed his stand-down period and it was a domestic competition, van Beek played as an international.
Now he's eligible, but there might not be too much more top-level cricket for the Dutch to play.
They didn't qualify for next year's 50-overs World Cup and at the start of the month, lost their official one-day international status.
The T20 World Cup could be a swansong of sorts, but van Beek's side aren't guaranteed to reach the tournament proper.
They join UAE, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong in the qualifying tournament and only the top team of each of the four pools make the tournament proper.
The Dutch need to win Group B which includes UAE, Ireland and Zimbabwe to qualify for the last 10 and meet the big boys.
"I look at it as an opportunity," van Beek said. "I still would love to play for New Zealand and this doesn't affect that, but this is an opportunity for me to play against some of the world's best cricketers, to test myself and to show what I can do."
The International Cricket Council's rules say van Beek can play for an associate nation like the Netherlands provided he qualifies and has stood down for four years.
However, the other way it's much simpler and van Beek could still play for New Zealand in the near future should he be picked.
Until then he's keen on playing for them when he can and when it doesn't interfere with his Canterbury obligations.
"It's just a shame they didn't qualify for the 50-overs World Cup, that would have been brilliant to be part of."
This tournament does interfere with the New Zealand domestic one-day competition, but he goes next week with the blessing of coach Gary Stead and Canterbury Cricket boss Lee Germon.
The similarities between van Beek and his late grandfather Sam Guillen were not lost on van Beek either.
Guillen played test cricket for both the West Indies and New Zealand and his grandson would dearly love to follow in his footsteps and make New Zealand his second top-level international cricket team, too.
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