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Dutch let Drinnen go

The Netherlands have parted company with Peter Drinnen, their coach for the last six years.

The 46-year-old Australia guided the Netherlands to the 2009 World Twenty20, where they shocked hosts England in the opening game, and the 2011 World Cup.

During Drinnen’s tenure the Netherlands twice beat full ICC member Bangladesh in a one-day international and a Twenty20 international, plus performed admirably in the ECB’s 40-over competition, this year the Yorkshire Bank 40, gaining the scalps of several counties.

Drinnen’s role will be undertaken by assistant coach Anton Roux for the immediate future, including next month’s World T20 Qualifier in the UAE. The KNCB will then make a permanent appointment and look to change the set-up of the backroom team to be compliant with ICC regulations.

Former Scotland coach Drinnen said: “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.”

KNCB member Jeroen Smits added: “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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