Ned vs Eng – Pieter Seelaar announces untimely retirement due to persistent back injury

Pieter Seelaar, the Dutch all-rounder who captained the national team for the past four years, has retired from international cricket with immediate effect due to a persistent back injury.
Scott Edwards, the wicketkeeper batter who made two half-centuries in the ongoing ODI series against England and captained the second game against England, will take over as captain.

“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 was appointed captain in 2018 after the retirement of Peter Borren. His greatest achievement was leading the squad to victory in the qualifying tournament for the 2021 T20 World Cup, while also captaining several major countries in the ODI Super League.
He has struggled in recent years with a back injury that worsened in his side’s heavy defeat to England in Friday’s first ODI, missing Sunday’s defeat with Edwards in charge in his absence.

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.”

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