In an unexpected move, Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar has opted to retire from international cricket in the middle of an ODI series against England at home. Seelaar, who was unable to play in the second ODI on Sunday, has opted to retire owing to a severe back issue that has plagued him for some years and has only gotten worse since 2020.
Seelaar, who debuted for the Netherlands in 2006 and played 57 ODIs and 75 T20Is for the Men in Orange throughout his 16-year international career, has been captaining the side after former captain Peter Borren quit in 2018.
In one-dayers, the 34-year-old took 57 wickets and 58 in the shorter format. While his best bowling numbers of 4/15 in 50 overs came against Canada, Seelaar made his mark on the greatest platform 11 years ago when he faced India in the 2011 World Cup.
“Since 2020, my back problem got worse to such an extent that – much to my regret – I am no longer able to give everything I’ve got,” said Seelaar in a statement released by Cricket Netherlands.
Pieter Seelaar retires after luminous career
Pieter’s International stats are as follows. In as many ODIs, Seelaar has 57 wickets. With his greatest results (4/15) coming versus Canada, the sluggish left-arm orthodox kept a fantastic economy of 4.67. He took 58 wickets in 77 T20Is for a strike rate of 6.83 and a strike rate of 22.24. He also has a four-wicket haul (4/19) to his credit. Seelaar’s only fifty appearances in T20Is saw him smash 96* against Scotland.
“Pieter’s contribution has been invaluable, first as a player and later as a captain. His management style is straightforward, honest, and transparent, which the players have always admired. He can look back upon a wonderful international career that unfortunately comes to an untimely end. We wish him the very best for the future,” said Roland Lefebvre, High-Performance Manager.