Playing international cricket for two
different countries in just two months is a rare case in the history of cricket and in the
entire sports world. South African-born cricketer Michael Rippon played for the Netherlands last
April, and will play for the New Zealand in August against the Netherlands.
Rippon was born in 1991 in Cape Town, South Africa. He has played in various tournaments in
South African domestic cricket. Migrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2013. But then the
left-arm Chinaman bowler's dream of playing cricket for the Kiwis was not fulfilled.
According to ICC rules, if a cricketer from a full member country does not get a chance to play
for that country, he can play for the associate member countries. Since he has a Dutch passport,
Rippon has taken that opportunity. He made his debut for the Netherlands national team in
Rippon has played a total of 31 international matches in the Netherlands jersey. He played
against New Zealand last April. That's when, Rippon's bowling attracted Kiwi selector Gavin
Larson. As a result, he was named in the squad for the series against Ireland, Scotland and the
Meanwhile, the surprising information is that in the history of the last 92 years, no Chinaman
bowler has played in the New Zealand team. This time the Kiwis have called Rippon to the team.
So, the team must have a special demand from this bowler. Only time will tell how much he will
be able to meet that demand or expectation.