ICC Intercontinental Cup: Netherlands v Scotland (preview)

There’s a saying in Australia: “If Shane Warne smokes a cigarette and no-one is there to photograph it, did it really happen?” The ICC Intercontinental Cup, the grand title of the Associate first-class competition, begins its second round today with a match between the Netherlands and Scotland with barely a mention in these respective countries. Holland nervously hopes for a miracle in the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds in soccer. Scotland awaits the spectacle of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. But, for 22 men playing on an unwatched oval in The Hague, the next four days represent a future opportunity to play Test cricket.

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