Bas de Leede, Netherlands – Age: 21
Highly rated by coach Ryan Campbell, the 21-year old is practically descended from Dutch cricketing royalty. The de Leede family has played a prominent part in the Netherlands’ cricket scene for many decades. Bas’ father Tim played in three ODI Cricket World Cups and is most celebrated for taking the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar at the 2007 edition. Bas’ grandfather Frans was also a keen cricketer and umpire; while his cousin Babette currently represents the Netherlands women’s team.
A classy middle order batter, part-time medium pacer and an exceptional fielder, Bas made his debut for the senior team at the tender age of 18. Initially pigeonholed as a longer format player, his coming of age innings occurred in the Nepal Tri-Nation T20I Series earlier this year. Chasing Nepal’s 206, he hit a blistering 81 not out of 42 balls, showing off his hitherto undiscovered power game and guiding the Dutch to a thrilling 3 wicket victory.
With a middle order full of seasoned county professionals, Bas is unlikely to feature for the Dutch starting XI at the upcoming T20 World Cup. Nevertheless, he is already contracted by the KNCB and is widely perceived as a future leader of Dutch cricket.