Jeroen Smits announces retirement from international cricket

Wed, Oct 28, 2009 1:29 PM

Jeroen Smits announces retirement from international cricket
Netherlands' skipper Jeroen Smits has announced his retirement from international cricket after appearing in 140 matches for his country and leading the side for nearly a third of those matches.

The 37-year-old is the leading wicket-keeper for his side with 219 victims - 178 catches and 41 stumpings - and has played in 38 ODIs. He is also regarded as an inspirational leader, captaining his side to qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and also a shock victory over England in the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 2009 at Lord's.

Speaking to Cricket Europe about the timing of his retirement, he said: "Of course it's tempting to stay on a little longer and play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in the subcontinent."

‘But there are eighteen months to go to that tournament, and who knows what will happen in the meantime? It's better that I make room now for a new captain and a new keeper, and that the team gets a chance to adjust as it prepares for that challenge.'

Coach Peter Drinnen believes that the captain is retiring ‘at the top of his game' and has always been an inspiration to the younger players in the squad.

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