Amy Satterthwaite retires from International cricket after being denied New Zealand Contract

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Amy Satterthwaite retires from International cricket after being denied New Zealand Contract

New Zealand batter Ammy Satterthwaite has announced her retirement from International Cricket after being denied New Zealand’s Central Contract.

Satterthwaite who is New Zealand’s most capped ODI player has captained New Zealand in 2018 and 2019 having made her debut in 2007. Overall she played 145 ODI matches & 111 T20I matches in her illustrious career span. He has amassed 4639 ODI runs which makes her white ferns second-highest run-scorer behind Suzie Bates. Satterthwaite smashed seven centuries, four of which came in the consecutive innings during 2016-17 which equaled the world record alongside Kumar Sangakkara. Her Off-spin claimed 50 ODI wickets while in T20Is she made a remarkable record of 6 for 17 against England in 2007.

“It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” Satterthwaite said.

“It has been a tough few days after learning of NZC’s decision to head in a new direction and contract some younger cricketers.”

“I am disappointed not to be receiving a contract and believe I still had more to offer, however, I respect NZC’s decision and I wish the White Ferns all the best as they embark on an exciting winter of cricket, including the Commonwealth Games. I’ll be supporting them all the way.”

Speaking to reporters in Christchurch later on Thursday, she added, “It’s come out of the blue and a bit of a shock. I haven’t been given any insight that this was the direction they wanted to go. It was pretty devastating to hear…and it’s been an emotional few days to digest it all and comes to term with it.”

Meanwhile New Zealand Cricket’s general manager of high performance, Bryan Stronach appreciated Satterthwaite’s achievements & at the same time explained the aim of the new central contracts which will be confirmed on Friday. Byranch stated that the new contract aims to provide opportunities to youngsters with a focus on T20I cricket with the Commonwealth Games later this year & the T20 World Cup in early 2023.

“Amy will be remembered as one of our best cricketers; her record is outstanding, and she can feel really proud about what she has achieved – not just for herself and the team, but also for all the players she has inspired and enabled,” he said.

“Essentially, we’re looking to the future and want to give some younger cricketers a chance to develop their skills surrounded by our high-performance systems. We also considered the immediate playing programme and next pinnacle events – both heavily weighted towards T20I cricket.”

Amy Satterthwaite will continue to play domestic cricket for Canterbury Magicians & has a contract in the Hundred with franchise Manchester Originals.

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