|Player Type||All-Rounder (Spin)||Player Role||RH Top-Order Bat | RA Off-Break|
|Entry Route||UK/EU Passport|
|Major Teams||South Africa U19, Warriors, Eastern Province, Eastern Province U19, Leicestershire 2nd XI|
Colin Ackermann (24) is a player with a degree of buzz around his name and has been earmarked as the future of South African cricket. A promising top-order batsman who bowls tidy off spin, Ackermann is the product of the prestigious Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, with whom he toured England.
He was the leading run-scorer in the CSA Under-19 Competition in 2009/10, where he averaged 200 with two centuries culminating with national selection. He belted a 113-ball 129* against India in the Tri-Nation Tournament that preceded the ICC Under-19 World Cup, where he again starred, averaging 52 with half-centuries against India and the USA.
Ackermann made his provincial debut for Eastern Province in October 2010 and hit his straps the following season (2011/12) cracking 602 runs at 40.13 (plus 7 wickets at 24.85) and 273 runs at 68.25 in first-class and list-A respectively. He also broke into the Warriors side in the MiWay Pro20 Franchise Competition, where he maintained his reputation as one of the most promising youngsters in South Africa courtesy of productive performances with bat and ball.
Ackermann is clearly treading the right path towards full national honours. To continue his cricketing development, he spent 8 weeks plying his trade in England for both Kibworth Cricket Club and the Leicestershire 2nd XI in 2012. He excelled for both sides, helping the Leicestershire Premier League outfit reach two Cup finals (most notably taking figures of 6-7 in the Challenge Cup) and hitting two hundreds in the Premier League. In addition, in his one appearance for the Foxes 2s, he top scored in a dramatic match against Northants, scoring 73 in a low-scoring affair.
After another season in South Africa, captaining his Eastern Province side (491 runs at 27.27 in first-class cricket), he returned to league cricket in 2013, this time to play in the strong Northern ECB Premier League for Netherfield. Whilst he failed to replicate the same dominance from his previous year, Ackermann still racked up 798 runs at 34.70 and 46 wickets at 20.15 across all formats.
Ackermann is a class act as he continued to show during the 2013/14 domestic season striking 1,200 first-class runs at 50. He finished second on the CSA Provincial Three-Day run charts (856 runs at 61.14) - a tally including three centuries. Courtesy of these expolits, he played four Franchise matches for the Warriors, hitting another century en-route to 344 runs at 34.40.
Last summer, who continued his merry way scoring 731 runs at 45.68 at first-class level (461 at 35.46 in the Sunfoil Series for the Warriors) and averaged 37.50 in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge and CSA Provincial Challenge combined.
The talented batting all-rounder also returned abroad in both 2014 and 2015 for Dosti in the Dutch top flight competition (Topklasse). During his opening season for the losing finalists, he starred finishing third on the run charts with 647 runs at 49.77. Dosti went one better in 2015, being crowned champions of the Topklasse and Ackermann was a key component of their success, once again finishing amongst the leading run-scorers (564 runs at 40.29) alongside 14 wickets at 14.57.
Holder of a Dutch Passport, Ackermann now qualifies to play for the Dutch national side but is also actively seeking to play County Cricket in England next summer. The next few years will be exciting times for the South African star, stay tuned!