Kent sign Dutch international paceman

Monday 1st October 2018

Men’s First XI

Kent sign Dutch international paceman

Kent have signed left-arm fast bowler Fred Klaassen on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old was born in Haywards Heath, but who is a Dutch international, will join the club ahead of the 2019 season.

Standing 6ft 4”, Klaassen made his international debut in a One Day International against Nepal in Amstelveen in August this year, taking 3-30.

He has played two One Day Internationals and five T20 Internationals.

Klaassen also helped his club side, VOC Rotterdam, become the Dutch champions for the first time since 1994 this season.

He was this year’s leading wicket-taker with 29 at 14.10 in the 50-over format.

Klaassen also took wickets in one appearance for the Kent 2nd XI, taking 4- 67 and 3-97 in the 127-run victory over Essex, the Southern Division County champions, in a four-day friendly at Canterbury’s Polo Farm last month.

After putting pen-to-paper with Kent, Klaassen said: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed.

“The players and staff have been very welcoming, and I’m looking forward to being part of this talented group from next season.”

Paul Downton, Director of Cricket at Kent said: “We are delighted to add Fred to our seam bowling unit. In the short time we have known Fred he has made a big impression around the group.

“His left-arm bowling will give us a different option and balance to our attack. He’ll be a great addition.”

The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) National Coach Ryan Campbell said: “Fred Klaassen was clearly our best fast bowler in 2018 and I’m not surprised he’s been snapped up by Kent.

“He has a massive future both internationally and in County cricket.”

KNCB High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre added: “Fred is a fantastic guy and this two year contract is a clear reward for all the hard work he has put into the development of his game.

“He has become an integral part of our National team and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do the same for Kent both on and off the field.

“The relationship between the KNCB and Kent has been very good and we are confident that Fred’s signing will only strengthen this.”