Full name Ian Gabriel Holland
Born October 3, 1990, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Current age 30 years 18 days
Major teams United States of America, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Victoria, Victoria Under-17s, Victoria Under-19s, Victoria Under-23s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 1.83 m
|ODI debut||United Arab Emirates v United States of America at Sharjah, Dec 8, 2019 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Nepal v United States of America at Kirtipur, Feb 12, 2020 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Victoria v Tasmania at Melbourne, Feb 3-5, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury, Sep 6-8, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury, Apr 27, 2017 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nepal v United States of America at Kirtipur, Feb 12, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Middlesex v Hampshire at Lord's, Aug 3, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Hampshire v Middlesex at Southampton, Sep 20, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|25||Hampshire||v Middlesex||Southampton||20 Sep 2020||T20|
|65, 0/6||Hampshire||v Surrey||Southampton||18 Sep 2020||T20|
|0/37, 2||Hampshire||v Essex||Southampton||16 Sep 2020||T20|
|0, 1/27||Hampshire||v Kent||Southampton||14 Sep 2020||T20|
|1/25, 6||Hampshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||12 Sep 2020||T20|
|1/29, 13*||Hampshire||v Sussex||Southampton||10 Sep 2020||T20|
|42, 2/26, 2, 1/38||Hampshire||v Kent||Canterbury||6 Sep 2020||FC|
|1*, 0/10||Hampshire||v Surrey||The Oval||3 Sep 2020||T20|
|0/9, 10*||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||1 Sep 2020||T20|
|36*, 0/19||Hampshire||v Sussex||Hove||30 Aug 2020||T20|
Unique is an over-used word but it is an appropriate way of describing Ian Holland's entry into county cricket which can be traced back to an appearance on reality television. In 2012, Holland entered the Australian show Cricket Superstar, in which the former Australian captain Allan Border was the chief judge. He successfully made it through his trial before beating 14 other finalists on the show and winning a rookie contract with Victoria.
Holland, an allrounder who was born in Wisconsin in the United States but holds a UK passport via his English father, said: "I went into it without any expectations and came out with an opportunity. It was a chance to fast-track myself at that point of my career and it got me a foot in the door of the Australian system. It was Allan Border's involvement that gave it the credibility for me."
Despite his TV success, Holland's opportunities for Victoria were limited. He made his only appearance in the Sheffield Shield in February 2016, as Victoria beat Tasmania by seven wickets. He played a couple of seasons for Fleetwood CC in the Northern League and was recommended to Hampshire by Dimitri Mascarenhas their former England allrounder, who he met in Melbourne in 2015.
Opportunity came in the Championship against Warwickshire in June 2017, and he starred later that month in a floodlit Championship fixture when he took four cheap wickets. It all added up to a highly respectable opening season - a 33 average with the bat, 18 with the ball in the Championship - in which he made his debut in all three formats.
After finding himself in and out of the first-class side in his second season, he found an admirer in the form of new head coach Adi Birrell in 2019, who gave him the chance to open the batting halfway through the Championship campaign. Holland instantly repaid his faith, scoring 143 in his first innings in the role against Warwickshire, and he added three further half-centuries as a top-order batsman later in the season.
2019 also brought an international debut, as he put his American passport to good use.