Michael Rippon could play for New Zealand against the Netherlands in August, just four months after representing the Dutch against the Black Caps.
The former Rondebosch Boys’ High pupil, who has a Dutch passport, moved to New Zealand from South Africa in 2013.
From 2013 to 2022, he earned nine ODI and 18 T20I caps for the Netherlands, and played for them against the Black Caps in a three-match ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year.
In June, Rippon was selected for New Zealand’s T20 squad to tour Europe in July and August. They will play three matches against Ireland in Belfast, two against Scotland in Edinburgh, and two against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
ICC eligibility rules allow players to represent an associate nation while remaining available to play for a full member. However, they cannot return to play for the associate nation for three years after being listed as a full member.
A right-handed batsman who bowls left-arm wrist spin, Rippon made his T20 debut for the Cape Cobras against the Knights in South Africa’s franchise Pro20 tournament during the 2010-11 season and featured in the final against the Warriors.
He also made his List-A (one-day) debut for Western Province against Boland that season, with his first-class debut coming the following season.
He signed for Sussex in 2012, taking four wickets on debut in a T20 match against Kent.
Thirteen players have represented two nations in T20I cricket, the last of which was former Proteas bowler Rusty Theron, who is currently playing for the USA in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Bulawayo.
- Ed Joyce (England & Ireland)
- Luke Ronchi (Australia & New Zealand)
- Dirk Nannes (Netherlands & Australia)
- Boyd Rankin (Ireland & England)
- Roelof van der Merwe (South Africa & Netherlands)
- Mark Chapman (Hong Kong & New Zealand)
- Xavier Marshall (West Indies & USA)
- Izatullah Dawlatzai (Afghanistan & Germany)
- Hayden Walsh (USA & West Indies)
- David Wiese (South Africa & Namibia)
- Jade Dernbach (England & Italy)
- Amjad Khan (England & Denmark)
- Rusty Theron (South Africa & USA)