28 year-old South African Colin Ackermann has become available to the Dutch national side and will be included in their squad which will play in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai this October.

The former South African U19 player signed for Leicestershire on a Kolpak deal and has been in scintillating form of late, scoring centuries for the Foxes against Derbyshire and Worcestershire.

His capture is a major boost for the Oranje, and he will have plenty of support in the dressing room, joining fellow countrymen Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan ten Doeschate, and Stefan Myburgh against others.

The player has been on the radar of Head Coach Ryan Campbell, who told the KNCB site he was delighted to have a player of his undoubted calibre in their side.

“Adding Colin to our squad is a massive boost for us heading into the World Cup Qualifiers and ODI Super League. He’s an outstanding player and person and this has been shown in his performances for Leicestershire and his appointment as their T20 captain.

"He has played a number of seasons here in the Netherlands for Dosti and we have been waiting for the timing to be right for him to join us. I have no doubt his addition to our squad will help our younger players learn from a professional what it requires to be a success at international level.”

The Netherlands have also revealed they will once again be participating in a Quadrangular Series in Oman, this time just ahead of the Qualifiers on October 11.

They took part earlier this year in a tournament in Muscat with the hosts, Scotland and Ireland.