KNCB does not extend contract with coach Peter Drinnen

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 8:56 AM

The KNCB Board announced that they will be taking a fresh approach to the coaching of the national men’s team and have opted not to extend the contract of National Coach Peter Drinnen.

Peter Drinnen was appointed KNCB national men’s coach in December 2007. During the six years he achieved some memorable successes with the ‘Men in Orange’. The pinnacle was the win over England on June 9, 2009 at Lord’s, when his team managed to beat its opponents in the last ball of the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20. The Netherlands also beat Full member Bangladesh twice, in an ODI and in a T20.

Drinnen’s role will be undertaken by Anton Roux (Assistant Coach) for the foreseeable period including the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Qualification tournament in the Emirates in November. The KNCB will then look to re-evaluate the set-up of the back room team in conjunction with a new Head Coach and in order to be compliant with ICC regulations.

Peter Drinnen said today: “It is with great sadness that I part company with the KNCB and the national team after six great years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the guys, a great bunch of blokes, and a squad that has changed over the years. I would like to thank the KNCB for all the support they have given me during this time. Personally and professionally I feel now is the right time to look at new challenges and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead”

Board Member Jeroen Smits commented: “Peter has been instrumental in the fortunes of Dutch cricket and has made many positive additions to the national team and its professionalism. Not only are we saying goodbye to a coach but also a super person. All things come to an end at some point and coaching is no different although Peter performed many more duties than just coaching in his role.

“We wish him well for him and his family’s future and thank him for his personal drive and passion for Dutch cricket for he has played a key role in our successes in recent years. More information on the future structure of the Dutch coaching set-up will be announced in the coming months, but for now our focus is on the team and the World T20 qualifier in the Emirates in November”.

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