The Volts have signed Ryan ten Doeschate to play in this season's HRV Cup Twenty20 competition.
Ten Doeschate has played international cricket for the Netherlands, but is best known for his impact in various professional Twenty20 competitions around the world.
He has played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, Tasmania in the Big Bash, Essex in county cricket, Western Province in South Africa, Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe and previously Canterbury in the HRV Cup.
In 145 Twenty20 games, including nine internationals, ten Doeschate has 2507 runs at an average of 24.57 with the bat at a strike rate of 129 and a highest score of 121 not out.
With the ball he has 72 wickets at an average of 22.94 and an economy rate of 7.94
Ryan's last stint in New Zealand was extremely successful - he was the MVP for the HRV Cup when he played for Canterbury in the 2010-11 season.
Ten Doeschate said: “I am really excited about having another opportunity to play in New Zealand.
"I enjoyed the HRV Cup and conditions I encountered when I was last there a couple of years ago and can't wait to come back.
"Otago has a strong side for this season and I am looking forward to getting over there and making a contribution.”
Otago Volts coach Vaughn Johnson added: “We are thrilled to be able to add someone of Ryan's quality to our HRV Cup squad.
"Ryan has been a highly sought after player worldwide in Twenty20 cricket and will offer a lot to the squad in terms of ability and Twenty20 experience.
"We were looking for a player who can bat in the top order as well as being an option to us with the ball, and Ryan fits that description perfectly.
"Ryan is an aggressive batsman which fits nicely with how our team wants to play this season.”
Ten Doeschate arrives in Dunedin in the middle of December and will be available to the Volts for eight HRV Cup games, plus finals.
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