Worcestershire batsman Alexei Kervezee has announced his retirement from playing international cricket for the Netherlands in order to pursue his ambition of playing for England.
He has played 39 One-Day Internationals and 10 Twenty20 Internationals for the Netherlands, including appearances at both the 2007 and 2011 World Cup.
He will now focus on his career with Worcestershire, where he has been playing since 2008.
"It's a decision that I haven't taken lightly and have thought long and hard about over the last few months but feel at this time in my career it is right for me in order to pursue my ultimate goal," he said.
"I want clarity in my mind as to what I'm working to and for, where I want to be and what I need to do to get there. It's always been an honour and pleasure representing Netherlands Cricket and something I never took lightly.
"I owe a great deal to Dutch cricket and playing for them is something that I will forever cherish, but at this point in my career I feel I need to focus on my future at Worcestershire CCC."
Cricket Netherlands (KNCB) Chairman of Selectors Jeroen Smits said: "This an extremely disappointing day for Dutch Cricket to be losing a player of Alexei's capabilities in a crucial World Cup Qualification year. Peter Drinnen, Richard Cox and I have spent many hours in recent times attempting to persuade Alexei against this decision.
"Alexei has been an outstanding player for The Netherlands and he knows our door is always open if his England aspirations don't materialise but for now it's time for us to move on and to pursue our stated aim of qualification for the 2015 World Cup."
He is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Gavin Hamilton (Scotland), Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan (Ireland) and represent England having first played for an Associate nation.
He joins Warwickshire's Boyd Rankin in recently retiring from his current inernational team to pursue a career in England colours.
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