Ryan ten Doeschate last played for the Netherlands in the 2011 World Cup. © Getty Images

Ryan ten Doeschate last played for the Netherlands in the 2011 World Cup. © Getty Images

Ryan ten Doeschate, three-time International Cricket Council Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year, is set to return to play international cricket for the Netherlands after a break of six years.

Ten Doeschate, the 37-year-old allrounder, will be part of the squad that takes on Namibia as part of the World Cricket League Championship fixtures in Dubai on December 6 and 8, Cricket Netherlands announced on Tuesday (November 14).

Those are the Netherlands’ final two matches in the competition as they aim to seal their top spot on the tournament table and thus become the 13th One-Day International team to contest the recently announced ODI championships from 2020.

With 18 points after 12 matches, the Netherlands, along with second-placed Papua New Guinea (16 points), have already confirmed their place in the ICC World Cup Qualifier next year.

Ten Doeschate has a remarkable average of 67 from 33 One-Day Internationals. He has five centuries against his name, including two in the 2011 World Cup: 119 against England and 106 against Ireland in his last outing for his adopted country.

Since then, the South Africa-born ten Doeschate has turned out for Twenty20 and domestic leagues around the world, and played five seasons for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. Most recently, in September, he led Essex to the County Championship Division One title, making 659 runs from 13 matches at 41.18 along the way.

“I’m pleased to have been asked to join the team at a crucial time for Dutch cricket,” said ten Doeschate.

Ryan Campbell, the Netherlands coach, said having ten Doeschate in the side would be a “massive gain”. “What he brings to the squad is more than just runs, wickets and brilliant fielding. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in big matches,” said Campbell. “We are on the brink of something special but we will need cool, calm heads to see us through. I have no doubt Ryan will bring that.”