New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Tuesday named Netherlands legspinner Michael Rippon in the 15-player team for New Zealand’s upcoming white-ball trips (June 21). After the Ireland T20I series, Rippon will be joined by uncapped wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver, who has been included in both squads, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, and Ben Sears.
Glenn Phillips received his first ODI call-up, while Adam Milne was recalled to both squads after missing the ICC T20 World Cup last year. He might play his first ODI in five years, while Finn Allen and Ben Sears could also make their ODI debuts.
New Zealand international schedule
The ODI squad will be led by Tom Latham in Ireland, with Mitchell Santner taking over after that. In Belfast, New Zealand will play Ireland in three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), followed by three Twenty-20 Internationals (T20Is). They’ll play two T20Is and an ODI in Edinburgh before heading to Amsterdam for two T20Is on August 4 and 5. Following the conclusion of the ODI series in Ireland, Latham, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Will Young, and Jacob Duffy will go home.
Another spinner who has been through the same process is Hayden Walsh, he was representing the USA when he got his maiden call-up for West Indies and now he is one of the leading spinners in the country. Micheal Rippon too would hope to cement his place in the New Zealand side.
Rippon, a 30-year-old all-rounder from South Africa, relocated to New Zealand in 2013. He has played 31 times for the Netherlands and was part of the ODI squad that played New Zealand earlier this year.
According to the NZC press release, “ICC eligibility regulations allow players to represent an Affiliate or Associate nation while still staying available for a Full Member nation.” “However, once mentioned on an international match team-sheet for a Full Member nation, they are ineligible to play for the Affiliate or Associate for three years.”