Katey Martin bids farewell to cricket

Katey Martin, the New Zealand Women’s wicketkeeper-bat, announced her retirement on Wednesday after a 21-year international and domestic career (May 18).

Martin made her New Zealand debut in whites against India in November 2003, her lone Test match, and went on to play 103 ODIs and 95 T20Is in a record 19-year international career.

Her 169-game domestic one-day career in New Zealand is a record for both men and women.

“It’s been a life-changing experience,” Martin said.

“I’d want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, opponents, fans, and friends for making my time in cricket so unforgettable.”

“Cricket has genuinely given me my life, from leaving Dunedin as a youngster to attend the NZC Academy in Christchurch to touring the globe as a WHITE FERN and representing my nation.”

Martin, who was clearly touched during the national anthems before New Zealand’s last Women’s ODI World Cup match at home recently, said she had already made her decision.

“I was pretty emotional coming into that game because I knew it may be my last time playing for New Zealand,” Martin said.

“After the competition, I spoke with family and friends to confirm my decision before making it official today.”

Martin brought a certain kind of vigour to the team, according to Bob Carter, New Zealand’s head coach until the World Cup.

Carter described Katey Martin as “one-of-a-kind.” “Having her around has enhanced the White Ferns atmosphere.”

“She brought passion, energy, and fun to the group, and her presence will be missed.” Her commitment to both the Sparks and the WHITE FERNS has been exceptional.”

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