“Since 2020, my back problems have worsened so much that – much to my regret – I can no longer give everything I have,” Seelaar said in a statement released shortly before England completed their pursuit.
Roland Lefebvre, the high performance manager of the KNCB: “Pieter’s input has been invaluable, first as a player and later as a captain. His management style is open, honest and transparent, which has always been appreciated by the players.”
“He can look back on a wonderful international career that unfortunately comes to an end prematurely. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Seelaar ends his career as the Netherlands’ most capped T20I player, their leading T20I wicket taker, their second most capped ODI player and their joint highest ODI wicket taker. He has played over 300 games for them across all formats in a career spanning 17 years, and has featured in the Associate nation’s two biggest wins – both against England and the 2009 and 2014 T20 World Cups.
England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to Seelaar in the presentation after Sunday’s ODI. “It was great. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been outstanding,” he said. “On behalf of the England cricket team, we would like to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him every success on his next journey.”