Netherlands October 28, 2009

Jeroen Smits quits international cricket

Jeroen Smits, Netherlands' 37-year-old captain, has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Jeroen Smits, Netherlands' 37-year-old captain, has announced his retirement from international cricket.

An old-style wicketkeeper who could bat a little, he was one of the most dependable members of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup side. In a career which started in 1992, he made 140 appearances for his national side, including 38 full ODIs.

"Of course it's tempting to stay on a little longer," he said, but admitted that with 18 months before the next World Cup, he wanted to give his replacement a chance to find his feet. "It's better that I make room for a new captain and a new keeper, and that the team gets a chance to adjust as it prepares for that challenge."

"He's been a terrific servant of Dutch cricket and an incredible support to me since I came into this role," coach Peter Drinnen told Cricket Europe. "That he's stepping down now is typically unselfish, evidence of the way in which he considers the bigger picture, and a mark of the quality of the guy."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • Vikram Maingi on October 30, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    This news has got a lot of publicity. I wonder how many articles will get published on retirement on Steve Tikolo.

  • Vikram Maingi on October 30, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    This news has got a lot of publicity. I wonder how many articles will get published on retirement on Steve Tikolo.

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  • Vikram Maingi on October 30, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    This news has got a lot of publicity. I wonder how many articles will get published on retirement on Steve Tikolo.