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Pieter Seelaar announces retirement due to persistent back injury

Pieter Seelaar, the Netherlands allrounder who has captained the nationwide facet for the final 4 years, has retired from worldwide cricket with quick impact on account of a persistent again harm.
Scott Edwards, the wicketkeeper-batter who has made two half-centuries within the ongoing ODI sequence in opposition to England and captained the facet within the second match in opposition to England, will take over as captain.

“Since 2020, my again issues acquired worse to such an extent that – a lot to my remorse – I’m not capable of give the whole lot I’ve acquired,” Seelaar stated in a press release launched shortly earlier than England accomplished their run chase.

Roland Lefebvre, the KNCB’s excessive efficiency supervisor, stated: “Pieter’s enter has been priceless, first as a participant and later additionally as captain. His administration model is open, sincere and clear, which has at all times been appreciated by the gamers.

“He can look again upon a beautiful worldwide profession which sadly involves an premature finish. We want him the perfect for the long run.”

Seelaar was appointed captain in 2018 after Peter Borren’s retirement. His greatest achievement was main the facet to victory within the qualifying match for the 2021 T20 World Cup, whereas he has additionally captained in opposition to a number of main nations within the ODI Tremendous League.
He has struggled with a again harm lately which he aggravated in his facet’s heavy defeat in opposition to England in Friday’s first ODI, lacking Sunday’s defeat with Edwards main the facet in his absence.

Seelaar finishes his profession as Netherlands’ most-capped T20I participant, their main T20I wicket-taker, their second-most-capped ODI participant and their joint-highest ODI wicket-taker. He has performed over 300 video games for them in all codecs throughout a 17-year profession, and featured within the Affiliate nation’s two greatest wins – each in opposition to England, on the 2009 and 2014 T20 World Cups.

Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, paid tribute to Seelaar within the presentation after Sunday’s ODI. “It has been wonderful. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been excellent,” he stated. “On behalf of the England cricket crew, we might prefer to congratulate him on his retirement and want him nicely on his subsequent journey.”

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