Netherlands’ Peter Borren Retires from International Cricket
Peter Borren has stepped down as Netherlands skipper, thus retiring from international cricket with immediate effect.
Born in New Zealand, Borren remained Netherlands skipper for almost a decade, leading the Dutch in 37 T20 internationals as well as 31 ODIs since taking over the captaincy from Jeroen Smits in 2009.
The 30-year old bowler, Pieter Seelaar will replace Borren as the captain. The European minnows will now be seeking a fresh start to build towards the 2020 World T20 qualifiers and the ICC ODI Championships.
Jeroen Smits, the former Netherlands wicketkeeper, has been appointed as the new team manager.
The Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) paid tribute via a press release issued on Wednesday evening.
However, Borren later tweeted the release robbed him of the chance to announce the news himself.
“Didn’t realise that @KNCBcricket were going to release this tonight before I had a chance. But yeah…ok…what they said I guess,” he tweeted.
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
“Peter Borren has been of tremendous value to the Dutch team, leading the national side over the last nine years,” the KNCB said in a release.“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,” it added.
Under Borren’s captaincy, Netherlands emerged champions at 2015’s WCL Division 2 in Namibia. They shared the same year’s WT20 Qualifier trophy with hosts Scotland. They also won reclaimed their ODI status by winning the World Cricket League Championship title last year.
Borren is Netherlands’ third highest-run scorer across formats and is also in top-ten of all-time wicket-takers.
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