The White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite has announced a break from cricket. The 32-year-old player is expecting her first child with wife and team-mate Lea Tahuhu in January 2020.
Satterthwaite said in a statement, “Lea and I are overjoyed to share the news that I’m expecting our first child early in the new year. It is a special time in our lives and we can’t wait for this new chapter.”
“I look forward to being involved with the White Ferns squad where possible and offering support and knowledge in a mentoring capacity,” she added.
Sharing the news on her official twitter handle, she wrote, “Lea and I are thrilled to share that I am expecting our first child early in the new year. Words cannot describe how excited we are about this new chapter.”
According to the White Ferns’ recently released Women’s Master Agreement, Satterthwaite will become the first player to be benefitted from new pregnancy leave policy. The New Zealand Cricket chief executive, David White said, “She’ll be paid her full retainer throughout and, although possibly fulfilling some off-field contractual obligations, will not be required to train or play.”
Happy on being benefitted by the new policy and hinting her possible come-back, the player said, “I am very lucky to have great support from NZC about taking a break from the game to have a family. I feel I still have a lot to give to the game and look forward to working my way back with an eye on the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand.