Colin Ackermann

Colin Ackermann gets Netherlands call-up for T20 World Cup Qualifier

Colin Ackermann, the South Africa-born cricketer who recently made headlines for his record 7/18 in the T20 Blast, has been included in the Netherlands side for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in UAE, starting 18 October.

Ackerman had registered the best ever figures for any bowler in T20 cricket, during a North Group fixture against Birmingham Bears in Leicester last month.

The Pieter Seelaar-led Netherlands side also features experienced members such as Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Ben Cooper and Timm van der Gugten. They will be complemented by talented youngsters, which, coach Ryan Campbell feels, reflects the growing depth of talent in the country.

"This has been by far the hardest squad we ever had to pick due to the ever increasing depth in talent we have in Dutch cricket," he said. "We purposely played a lot of cricket this year without our county players to give all our youngsters an opportunity to push their case."

"It's extremely pleasing to see young Philippe Boissevain and Tonny Staal be selected for their first ever major tournament. I believe with the experience of Ryan ten Doeschate, Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe, as well as our captain Pieter Seelaar, we have got the right blend of experience and youth."

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Netherlands also announced the squad for the tri-nation tournament in Dublin, featuring Ireland and Scotland, which will serve as preparation for the qualifiers. The squad for that tournament, which runs between 15 and 20 September, features other youngsters, including the uncapped trio of Vikramjit Singh, Clayton Floyd and Bas de Leede.

Vikramjit, still only 16, was in splendid form for the under-19 side at the recent U19 Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifiers, scoring 304 runs at 60.80.

Notably, Stephen Myburgh and Wesley Barressi, two of the Netherlands' most experienced campaigners, weren't named in either squad.

T20 World Cup Qualifier squad: Pieter Seelaar (c), Philippe Boissevain, Roelof van der Merwe, Tobias Visée, Scott Edwards (wk), Colin Ackermann, Paul van Meekeren, Ryan ten Doeschate, Fred Klaassen, Tonny Staal, Brandon Glover, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Shane Snater, Timm van der Gugten

Tri-nation squad: Pieter Seelaar (c), Philippe Boissevain, Vikramjit Singh, Tobias Visée, Scott Edwards (wk), Clayton Floyd, Paul van Meekeren, Bas de Leede, Fred Klaassen, Tonny Staal, Brandon Glover, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Shane Snater