Irish international leg-spinner Celeste Raack had to put her career as a physiotherapist on hold as moved from Australia to Ireland to play International cricket. And her risky move bore fruits as she was named as one of the inaugural six recipients of professional contracts for women cricketers in Ireland recently in May. She said, “Receiving a contract enables me to dedicate more of my time to becoming the best player I can be.”
She also said, “It is a very exciting time for women’s cricket in Ireland. We have had big change in personnel this season following the retirement of four of our most successful players of all time. Having contracted players and the access to increased training will provide us with the opportunity to put our best foot forward for the upcoming ICC tournaments. It also allows a younger generation of female cricketers to see that there is an opportunity to earn money as a cricketer in the future.”
25-year old Raack was born in Sydney, Australia and she played as a rookie with the NSW Breakers before moving to Hobart aged 19 to join the Tasmanian Tigers. Making full use of her Irish passport, Raack moved to Dublin to play in Super 3’s in 2018.