New Zealand’s wicket-keeper Katey Martin announced her retirement pulling down the curtains on her illustrious 21-year-long International career.
Martin made her International debut in tehri test match against India in 2003 which was her only Test match. She also featured in 103 ODIs & 95 T20Is, finishing at the recent home ODI World Cup. Her 169 domestic ODI appearances is a record across the men’s & women’s cricket in New Zealand.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” Martin said. “To all my teammates, coaches, opposition, fans, and friends I’ve met along the way, I want to thank you for making my time in cricket so memorable.
“Cricket really has given me my life – from leaving Dunedin as a youngster to attend the NZC Academy in Christchurch to traveling the world as a White Fern and representing my country – it’s been a dream come true.”
Martin had been visibly emotional during New Zealand’s final World Cup match against Pakistan in March & said that she had made up her mind to retire from International.
“I knew heading into that match it could be my last time playing for New Zealand, hence why I was quite emotional. I took some time after the tournament to talk to family and friends to solidify my decision before making it official today.
Former New Zealand Coach Bob Carter who ended his tenure after the recent World Cup paid tribute to Martin for her immense contribution to New Zealand Cricket.
“Katey Martin is one of a kind,” he said. “The White Ferns environment is richer for having her around. She brought energy, excitement, and fun to the group and her presence will be missed I’m sure.”
Now after getting retired, Martin who had already achieved success in the commentary panel will now look to explore more opportunities in commentary as well as coaching roles.
“I’m passionate about leaving the game in a better place and would be very keen to help coach and develop our next generation of keepers,” she said. “It’s definitely somewhere I feel I can give back to a game that has given me so much.”
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