Just In: The 29-year-old young star Ben Cooper retired from International Cricket. Ben had made his international debut in 2013. The batsman played his first international match against Canada. The Netherlands’ left-hander has featured in 70 international matches. After, eight years of playing in orange, he had made this decision. However, he had made himself unavailable for the country’s Super League fixtures. These were to be played against Afghanistan and South Africa. Still, the news left the Dutch shocked.
“Today, I announce my retirement from international cricket,” Ben posted. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to don the oranges and represent the Netherlands for the last eight years. It’s been a time filled with amazing highs, special moments, and tough lows. There’s nothing I would change about it and will look back at my time with very fond memories.”.Ben Cooper
He took to Twitter to make this announcement.
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Ben Cooper International Career
Ben Cooper has played 13 ODIs, scoring 187 runs at an average of 18.70. Cooper is the highest run-scorer for his country in T20. He has scored 1,239 runs in the shortest format of the game. He was able to achieve this in 58 matches. Ben’s average in T20I is 28.16. While his strike rate is an excellent 124.77. His highest T20I score is 91*. He has also played first-class cricket for the Netherlands. Ben made his first-class debut against Scotland in 2015. It happened in the 2015-17 ICC Intercontinental Cup. His maiden first-class century came against Hong Kong in February 2017 in the same tournament. He was named on the team’s squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
September 2021 saw him being selected in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Ben played his last game in T20 WC 2021, in UAE. However, the Netherlands had failed to qualify. They could not enter the Super12s.
Reactions on Twitter:
Former Match Referee Dev Govindjee, UAE Captain Ahmed Raza, and Umpire Nitin Bathi took to Twitter to congratulate Ben for his career. They also wished him luck for the upcoming phases in his life.