Netherlands captain Peter Borren, 34, has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. Pieter Seelaar, the 30-year-old bowler, will take over the captaincy as Netherlands look to build towards the 2020 World T20 qualifiers and the ICC ODI Championships.
Jeroen Smits, the former Netherlands wicketkeeper, has been appointed the new team manager.
The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) paid tribute via a press release issued on Wednesday evening, but that did not give him the chance to announce the news himself, Borren said in a tweet.
Oh. Wow, ok.
Didn’t realise that @KNCBcricket were going to release this tonight before I had a chance. But yeah…ok…what they said I guess.
— Peter Borren (@dutchiepdb) April 18, 2018
Borren last featured for Netherlands in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March, where he could manage just 52 runs in six innings. Netherlands finished the tournament with one win in four matches and failed to qualify for the Super Sixes stage.
Borren retired with 58 ODIs and 43 T20I caps during the course of a 12-year international career. His replacement, Seelaar, debuted in 2006, the same year as Borren, and has represented Netherlands in 37 ODIs and 39 T20Is.
The KNCB said of Borren: “Peter Borren has been of tremendous value to the Dutch team, leading the national side over the last nine years.
“He has seen the Netherlands team grow into a much more professional set-up resulting in winning the World Cricket League and qualifying for the ODI Championships in December 2017. With his inspirational leadership, Peter has played a more than important role in this success.”