Ryan ten Doeschate, a former Dutch cricketer, has been appointed as the team’s mentor for their upcoming tour of South Africa. After playing in the T20 World Cup in October, the 41-year-old veteran resigned from all forms of professional cricket. The Dutch team failed to qualify for the Super 12 of the multi-nation event after losing all three of their qualification matches.

After a duck against Ireland, Ten Doeschate was unable to bat in the match against Namibia. Following that, he did not play in the game against Sri Lanka, in which the Netherlands were bowled out for 44 runs. Head coach Ryan Campbell of the Netherlands expressed optimism ahead of the bilateral series on African soil, despite a disappointing showing in the World Cup.

After the World Cup defeat, we will attempt to rebound against a very strong South African team. Boris Gorlee, Musa Ahmad, and Clayton Floyd, all HCC students, are really eager to join us. Campbell was reported in ESPNcricinfo as saying, “The experience of living and breathing international cricket in South Africa will be priceless to them.”

On November 26, 28, and 1, the Netherlands will play three one-day internationals against South Africa. All of the games will be held at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. The Proteas, led by Temba Bavuma, are currently competing in the World Cup, vying for a place in the semi-finals. In terms of Ten Doeschate, he had a brief but illustrious career with the Netherlands. The right-hander scored over 2,000 runs in 33 ODIs and 24 T20Is, including five centuries and 12 half-centuries. He also scored two tonnes against Ireland and England in the 2011 50-overs World Cup.

Ten Doeschate was also a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders teams that won the Indian Premier League in 2012 and 2014. He appeared in 820 first-class, List A, and T20 cricket matches.