Peter Borren has stepped down as captain of Netherlands after almost a decade leading Oranje, it was announced on Wednesday (April 18). The New Zealand-born all-rounder has led the Dutch in 37 T20 internationals as well as 31 ODIs since taking over the captaincy from Jeroen Smits in 2009. Pieter Seelaar was announced as Borren's successor, while Smits was named as team manager, taking over from Rob Kemming.
Following Netherlands' shock loss of ODI status at the World Cup Qualifier in 2014, a calamitous defeat to Kenya and a net run rate margin of 0.035 dumping them out of the Associate top-flight and seeing them relegated to World Cricket League Division 2, Borren's leadership underpinned a three-year campaign to reclaim their place.
The Dutch memorably won through to the main stage of the 2014 World T20 at the expense of Ireland and Zimbabwe six weeks later. Borren set the tone from the top of the order in their extraordinary chase against Ireland, narrowly missed out on a half century against the country of his birth in the main phase, and marshalled his side's humiliation of England in their final game.
Under Borren's leadership, Netherlands emerged champions at 2015's WCL Division 2 in Namibia, shared the same year's WT20 Qualifier trophy with hosts Scotland, and finally won back ODI status by claiming the World Cricket League Championship title in Dubai in December last year.
The victory also earned Netherlands the sole qualifier's spot in the coming Full Member ODI league, assuring the Dutch of no less than 24 ODI fixtures against Full Member opposition from 2020 to 2022 - more than they have played in the last hundred years. A third-place finish in the ICC Intercontinental Cup behind Afghanistan and Ireland cemented Netherlands' place as the leading Associate in all three formats under Borren's guidance.
Nonetheless, another disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe where the Dutch again failed to progress from their group, has brought an end to a storied career. With close to 4,000 runs international runs across formats for Netherlands, Borren is the country's third-leading aggregate run-scorer, ranks in their top ten all-time wicket-takers, as well as the only fielder to have taken more than 100 outfield catches in Orange.