Benjamin Nicolas Cooper also known as Ben Cooper, 29 years old has retired from International Cricket due to immediate effect. He has served the Dutch team for nearly a decade. Ben Cooper who was born in New South Wales, made his international debut for the Netherlands in an ODI game against Canada in August 2013. After that, he has been a vital player for the Netherlands side.
His sudden retirement would be a huge setback for the Netherlands Cricket. In came into the scene in 2013 after having an impressive 451 runs in four first-class games, and he has amassed 994 runs in 55 List A games.
His International stats for the Netherlands
He has represented the Netherlands in 70 white-ball internationals. Scoring 187 runs in 13 ODI matches and 1236 runs in 57 T20I matches. He was last seen in action against Srilanka in the T20 World Cup last year in UAE.
After the T20 World Cup, he made himself unavailable against South Africa followed by a recent bilateral series against Afghanistan. And now, he has decided to retire from International Cricket.
Ben Cooper’s statement
Today, I announce my retirement from international cricket. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to don the oranges and represent the Netherlands for the last eight years,” Cooper posted on Twitter.
“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.
“@knc cricket thank you for the opportunity to live out a childhood dream. To my Netherlands teammates and coaches (past and present) I thank you all for the amazing memories and couldn’t ask for better people to share the field and change rooms with,” he wrote.
“To my parents and family who have supported me endlessly. Traveling across the world to watch live and never stopped believing in me, thank you so much,” he added.
“I have no doubt the current squad and the talent coming through will continue to achieve great things for Dutch cricket,” he said.
— Ben N Cooper (@bencooper_32) January 29, 2022