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Peter Drinnen To Leave Netherlands Post

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Netherlands will be looking for a new coach following the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in November
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Netherlands head coach Peter Drinnen is set to stand down after the national board (KNCB) decided not to renew his contract.

Drinnen first took charge of the Dutch in December 2007, leading them to memorable successes over England at the ICC World Twenty20 2009 and Bangladesh in both Twenty20 International and One-Day International cricket.

He will be replaced in the short term by his assistant coach Anton Roux, who will oversee the team's bid to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in the qualifying event in the United Arab Emirates in November.

After this event, the board will begin the search for a permanent successor.

"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."

Board 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."

A wicket-keeper during his playing days, Drinnen played eight first-class and one-day games for Queensland before moving to Scotland in the 1990s, representing Scotland againt the MCC in 1999 and coaching the national team from 2006 before taking up the job with the Netherlands.

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