SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: Dan Christian of the Sixers celebrates with his team after taking the wicket of Jon Wells of the Strikers during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Sixers and the Strikers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on December 21, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Daniel Christian will join the Netherlands coaching staff alongside South African legend Gary Kirsten for the T20 World Cup.

Christian is still contracted to the Sydney Sixers for the upcoming Big Bash season and at 39 years of age, is now one of the world's most experienced T20 cricketers as a gun for hire on the domestic circuit.

He has played in three previous World Cups for Australia and was a reserve during the 2021 tournament, which Australia won in the United Arab Emirates.

The star all-rounder, who has played 393 matches in the format, averages 23 with the bat and 29 with the ball, but strikes at 138 and takes a wicket every 20.6 balls.

He has played everywhere from India, to the Caribbean and England as well as in Australia in the shortest format of the game, but will also bring intricate knowledge of Australian conditions as part of the Netherlands' coaching staff.

"I've had a great couple of weeks getting to know the guys, and I've been extremely impressed with everyone's work ethic at practice. I'm looking forward to seeing them have some well-deserved success on the field."

Kirsten has been involved with the Netherlands previously, and head coach Ryan Cook has worked at his academy in Cape Town previously.

The former all-rounder has coached India at two World Cups, and South Africa at one in 2009, 2010 and 2012, although his sides always fell short of the final rounds.

The Netherlands will need to progress through the first round of the tournament to make the Super 12 stage, with matches against the UAE, Namibia and Sri Lanka to determine if they will be able to continue the tournament.