The Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate will be retiring from professional cricket at the end of 2021. His 19-year-long County club, Essex, confirmed the news on its official website on Saturday.
The 41-year-old is part of the Dutch squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in Oman and UAE. He made his international debut back in 2006 and rose through the ranks as a reliable batsman. Ten Doeschate joined Essex in 2003 and has played 554 matches across formats for them.
“From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with Essex during my time at the Club. It’s been the greatest professional experience to grow in this environment, to watch the organisation and the individuals within it evolve and become something that I am extremely proud to have been a part of.”
“The support that the team and myself personally have enjoyed has been phenomenal and is greatly appreciated. The staff, members, sponsors, and supporters have made Essex a fabulous place to play cricket. My professional career would not have been the same without some very special teammates, who I know will be lifelong friends,” his statement read on the decision.
“The biggest achievement has been making a home away from home” – Ryan Ten Doeschate
Ten Doeschate also earned a contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2011 season. He was part of the title-winning squad in 2012 and 2014. As for Essex, his loyalty remained sturdy as ever, and was announced as the captain of the side in 2016. He led them to two County Championship titles, one of them included a stunning unbeaten run through the season.
“Coming from Cape Town to be given a chance to pursue my dream seems a million moons ago. We’ve shared some remarkable times but for me, the biggest achievement has been making a home away from home. I have a collection of memories from Chelmsford to keep me happy long into retirement,” he concluded.
Ryan Ten Doeschate played 55 international matches for The Netherlands in which he scored 2074 runs at an average of 59.26. The veteran also contributed with the ball, picking up 68 wickets while conceding at 5.27 runs per over.