Cricket: Wellington all-rounder Logan van Beek eyes Blackcaps' scalp when Netherlands tour New Zealand

The Netherlands' upcoming cricket tour of New Zealand will provide the Dutch players with an opportunity they've never had before. 

But for one player it will be a dream that's been in the making for over seven years. 

Logan van Beek, 31, has played against Blackcaps domestically for over a decade, but for the first time he'll face them on Kiwi soil as an international.

Even as a Dutch international, van Beek is no stranger to cricket in New Zealand, thanks to stints with both Canterbury and now Wellington.

"The memories that I have had with the Firebirds in the last couple of years, it just feels like home," van Beek tells Newshub.

And now he's hoping to make memories in a different uniform this summer when the Netherlands face the Blackcaps for three one day internationals and a one-off Twenty20.

"It will be an amazing experience," he adds. "The guys I know are excited to come over to New Zealand."

Van Beek's Dutch passport has meant he's been playing for the national side since 2014, and this will be his first time touring his country of birth.

And the opportunity afforded to the Netherlands side to face a test nation like the Blackcaps isn't lost on van Beek.

"It's huge. They're always wanting to play as much cricket as possible.

"The hardest thing for associate nations is they don't get enough cricket."

Van Beek was a major part of the Netherland's series win over Ireland in June, and the Dutch side has high but realistic expectations against the Blackcaps.

"We believe that we can upset a team, any of the big nations."

Van Beek has a personal goal too, eyeing up the wicket of Firebirds teammate Devon Conway.

"We had a coffee the other day, talking about how cool it will be to face each other, and hopefully get his number in that match - which will be pretty special."

Only time will tell if van Beek can get the last laugh over his domestic teammates on the international scene.