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Peter Seelar announces retirement due to persistent back injury

Netherlands all-rounder Peter Seelar, who has captained the national team for the last four years, has retired from international cricket with immediate effect due to a persistent back injury.
Scott Edwards, the wicketkeeper-batsman who has scored two half-centuries in the ongoing ODI series against England and captained the side in the second match against England, will take over as the captain.

In a statement issued shortly before England completed their run chase, Sealar said: “From 2020 onwards, my back problems have worsened to such an extent that – to my regret – I am no longer able to deliver my all. I’ve got what I’ve got.”

KNCB’s High Performance Manager, Roland Lefebvre, said: “Peter’s input as a player and later as a captain has been invaluable. His management style is open, honest and transparent, which has always been appreciated by the players.

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“He can look forward to an illustrious international career that unfortunately comes to an untimely end. We wish him the very best for the future.”

Seelar was appointed captain in 2018 following the retirement of Peter Boren. His biggest achievement was leading him to victory in the qualifying tournament for the 2021 T20 World Cup, while he has also captained against several major nations in the ODI Super League.
He has been battling a back injury in recent years, which he exacerbated in his team’s massive defeat against England in Friday’s first ODI, recalling Sunday’s loss as Edwards led the team in his absence .

Seelar ended his career as the Netherlands’ leading T20I wicket-taker, their second-highest capped ODI player, and their joint-highest ODI wicket-taker. He has played over 300 games for them across all formats in a career spanning 17 years, and was involved in the Associate Nations’ two biggest wins against England in the 2009 and 2014 T20 World Cups.

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England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to Seelar in a presentation after the ODI on Sunday. “It’s been amazing. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been outstanding,” he said. “On behalf of the England cricket team, we would like to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him well on his next journey.”

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