Dutch captain Peter Borren on Thursday lashed out at top cricketing nations who justified the world body's decision to keep minnows out of the next World Cup, saying the countries which do not want them do not bother to play them anyway.
Borren stressed the importance of facing the Test-playing nations outside the World Cup as that was the only way for the International Cricket Council's associate nations to improve their standards.
"We bring a lot to the World Cup, though it is difficult to play against these top teams," Borren said ahead of the match against South Africa.
"Full-member countries which say we should not be there are the same that don't play us in between the World Cups. We are good enough to be at this level."
"We learn a lot when we play big teams, but we have to play at higher levels to learn more. We get to play top teams only in World Cups,” said Borren.
“It will be of great help if we get to play them in other smaller events," added the Dutch captain.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been vocal in supporting ICC's decision to trim the number of teams for the next World Cup from 14 to 10.
Borren, while maintaining that the associate nations have a lot to contribute to World Cup, lamented that some players of higher-ranked teams are against their participation in the cricket's biggest tournament.
The Netherlands proved their worth with a decent outing against England, but were hammered in the second game against the West Indies in New Delhi Monday.