Ned vs Eng – Pieter Seelaar announces untimely retirement due to persistent back injury
“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 said in a statement released shortly before England completed their run chase.
Roland Lefebvre, the KNCB’s high performance manager, 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 finishes his career as Netherlands’ most-capped T20I player, their leading T20I wicket-taker, their second-most-capped ODI player and their joint-highest ODI wicket-taker. He has played over 300 games for them in all formats across a 17-year career, and featured in the Associate nation’s two biggest wins – both against England, at the 2009 and 2014 T20 World Cups.
Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, paid tribute to Seelaar in the presentation after Sunday’s ODI. “It’s been amazing. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been outstanding,” he said. “On behalf of the England cricket team, we’d like to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him well on his next journey.”