Seelaar bows out citing persistent back injury

Dutch gentleman captain Pieter Seelaar has announced his international retirement, citing persistent back problems.

The 34-year-old made his debut for the Dutch national team in 2005 and eventually took over from Peter Borren in 2018. He started his career as an exclusively Orthodox spinner for the left arm and Seelaar’s percussion became more important to the team. and he therefore moved the batting order.

“Since 2020, my back problems have worsened so much that – much to my regret – I can no longer give everything I have,” said Seelaar.

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Seelaar played 57 ODIs and 77 T20Is for the Netherlands, taking over 100 wickets across the two formats. Known for suffocating opponents with sharpened corners and subtle changes, the clever spinner kept its ODI economy at just 4.67 and T20I economy at 6.83.

Seelaar was part of the team that was famous all over England, both at Lord’s in the opening match of the T20 World Cup in 2009 and at Bangladesh in the same tournament five years later.

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Seelaar claimed four-wicket hauls in both international white-ball formats, although his best bat performance was in red-ball cricket, putting 138 off against Hong Kong in the ICC Intercontinental Cup. Seelaar and Ben Cooper added 288 runs for the sixth wicket, a record partnership in the competition.

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High Performance Manager of the Dutch Cricket Board Roland Lefebvre led the tribute to the legend of Dutch cricket.

“Pieter’s contribution was priceless, 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,” said Lefebvre.

“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.”

Wicket-keeper/batter Scott Edwards takes over as Dutch captain.

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