Michael Rippon, who until recently played for the Netherlands, has been selected for the New Zealand national team. "Of course this is a big bloodletting for us," says KNCB High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre, "but for Michael this is a fantastic opportunity, with which we congratulate him."
"Michael Rippon has worked very hard for many years to qualify for this. Now he has succeeded and we can only have deep respect for that. We wish him every success in his further international cricket career," Lefebvre said.
Rippon was named tonight (20/6) as one of the members of the New Zealand squad that will tour Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands for a series of matches. On Thursday 4 and Saturday 6 August, New Zealand will play two T20Is against the Netherlands at Westvliet, the Voorburg CC ground.
Rippon (30) is a left-handed wristspinner and right-handed batsman. He was born in Cape Town in 1990 and joined Sussex (UK) in 2012. He then left for New Zealand, where he was signed by Otago Volts in 2016.
In 2013, Rippon made his ODI debut for the Dutch national team against Ireland in Amstelveen. He was eligible because he also has a Dutch passport. He has meanwhile played 31 matches for the Netherlands. In March and April of this year, he played three ODI's with the Dutch team against New Zealand.
According to the rules of the ICC, a player may play for a so-called Associate (such as the Netherlands) or Affiliate, and still be eligible to play for a Full Member (such as New Zealand).
Conversely, however, there are restrictions: as soon as his name appears on an international team sheet for a Full Member, he is not allowed to play for an Affiliate or Associate for three years.
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