Netherlands national cricket team skipper Peter Borren has announced his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old all-rounder played 58 ODIs and 43 T20Is for Netherlands.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Borren had played the 2002 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup for New Zealand U-19 team along with Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder. But, later he decided to play the international cricket for Netherlands and made his international debut in 2006.
The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pacer played 58 ODIs and 43 T20Is for Netherlands national cricket team. Borren scored 1,004 runs in ODIs (average 22.31) and 638 runs in T20Is (average 19.33) while he took 46 and 18 wickets in respective international formats.
After Jeroen Smits had stepped down from the captaincy in 2009, Borren led the national side in both formats until his retirement. He led the side for 37 T20Is and 31 ODIs along with some number of List A game.
While Netherlands had lost their ODI status in 2014 under his captaincy, his captaincy was also responsible for regaining that status recently.
Borren confirmed his retirement news through his official Twitter account.
He wrote on the Twitter, “It has been my absolute privilege to play and lead this team and I’m so proud of what we have achieved. I’ve feel very lucky indeed. Cricket in orange has been my life. I will miss it so much. I have so many great memories. Go well boys! #metamorphosis”
Netherlands cricket board KNCB released a statement on Borren’s retirement that claimed, “Peter Borren has been of tremendous value to the Dutch team, leading the national side over the last nine years. He has seen the Netherlands team grow into a much more professional set-up. With his inspirational leadership, Peter has played a more than an important role in this success. The KNCB is very grateful and will find an appropriate moment to thank him for all the hard work he has done. Not only as a captain but also as player and ambassador of Dutch cricket in general.”
30-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner Pieter Seelaar has been elected as new captain of the national side. Also, on the other hand, Jeroen Smits has been appointed as the new team manager of the Netherlands cricket team which was previously managed by Rob Kemming.