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Drinnen has been Netherlands’ head coach since December 2007
The Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) have announced that they have decided to part ways with head coach Peter Drinnen after refusing to renew his contract.
Drinnen’s departure comes just a few weeks before the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates.
Drinnen has been Netherlands’ head coach since December 2007 and the crowning moment of his six-year tenure came when they beat England on the opening night of the 2009 World Twenty20 at Lord’s.
However, the Netherlands are currently at the bottom of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup and recently finished fourth in the World Cricket League Championship, which means that they failed to automatically qualify for the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
KNCB announced that assistant coach Anton Roux will take over for the time being.
“It is with great sadness that I part company with the KNCB and the national team after six great years,” Drinnen said. “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.”
Former Netherlands captain and current KNCB member Jeroen Smits paid tribute to Drinnen and thanked him for all his hard work.
“Peter has been instrumental in the fortunes of Dutch cricket and has made many positive additions to the national team and its professionalism,” he said. “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.”