HomeSportNetherlands all-rounder Pieter Seelaar announces international retirement after persistent back problems

Netherlands all-rounder Pieter Seelaar announces international retirement after persistent back problems


Pieter Seelaar announced his retirement from international cricket during the Netherlands’ ODI against England on Sunday, June 19.

Pieter Seelaar of Netherlands. Courtesy: Reuters

Pieter Seelaar of Netherlands. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Seelaar played 16 years for the Netherlands
  • Scott Edwards will take over from Seelaar as the skipper of Netherlands
  • Eoin Morgan lauded Seelaar on his wonderful journey

Netherlands all-rounder Pieter Seelaar, on Sunday, June 19, announced his retirement from international cricket due to his long-standing back problems. The 34-year-old, who captained the Dutch team in the last four years, put forth his decision during his team’s second ODI against England at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen.

Seelaar made his debut back in 2006 and played his last match for the Netherlands on June 17 when his side lost by 232 runs. The veteran didn’t play in the second match and Scott Edwards stood in for him. Edwards will take over as the full-time skipper from the third and final ODI of the series.

“Since 2020, my back problems got worse to such an extent that – much to my regret – I am no longer able to give everything I’ve got,” Seelaar was quoted as saying before England finished their run-chase.

After the Three Lions won by six wickets, skipper Eoin Morgan heaped praise on Seelaar for playing an integral part for the Netherlands at the highest level.

“It’s been amazing. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been outstanding. On behalf of the England cricket team, we’d like to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him well on his next journey,” Morgan said.

KNCB’s high performance manager, Roland Lefebvre said, “Pieter’s input has been priceless, first as a player and later also as captain. His management style is open, honest and transparent, which has always been appreciated by the players. He can look back upon a wonderful international career which unfortunately comes to an untimely end. We wish him the very best for the future.”

Seelaar also played for the Dutch side in the 2011 World Cup, where he dismissed the likes of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.



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