After Satterthwaite, Tahuhu Also Loses NZC Contract

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - After Satterthwaite, Tahuhu also loses NZC contract. Veteran pacer Lea Tahuhu did not get a contract extension for 2022-23 season.

After Satterthwaite, Tahuhu Also Loses NZC ContractVeteran pacer Lea Tahuhu did not get a contract extension for 2022-23 season.

A day after the most-capped White Ferns’ player and former captain Amy Satterthwaite announced her international retirement following a national contract disappointment, New Zealand Cricket have also dropped veteran pacer Lea Tahuhu among others from the 2022-23 contract list.

NZC included six new faces in the 17-member pool while leaving out Katey Martin (who retired last week), Canterbury Magicians’ trio Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu and Frankie Mackay, and Wellington Blaze duo Leigh Kasperek and Thamsyn Newton from the last year’s list. The new entrants are Auckland Hearts trio Fran Jonas, Molly Penfold and Izzy Gaze, off-spinners Nensi Patel (Northern Brave) and Eden Carson (Otago Sparks), and Wellington Blaze batter, Georgia Plimmer.

The players have until June 3 to accept or decline their offers as per NZC’s Master Agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players Association.

Acknowledging the tough calls that were made coming up with the contracts list, the NZC GM of High Performance Cricket, Bryan Stronach, said that it’s not necessarily the end of the road for those left ‘disappointed’ by it.

“They have given their all; have made great sacrifices, and retain our absolute respect,” he said.

“It’s also important to emphasise that, just because someone hasn’t received a national contract offer, it doesn’t mean they cannot, or will not, be selected. This (national contracts) is about having on contract the players we’re most likely to use during the next 12 month period,” he added.

“It’s never easy coming up with a final 17 players.

“Having said that, we’re excited about the six new faces receiving contract offers, several of whom already have some White Ferns experience under their belt. To be in a position in which we’re genuinely considering the credentials of a wider pool of players can only be viewed as a positive for the women’s game.

Among the new entrants to the list, teenaged left-arm spinner Jonas (5 ODI caps) was a part of New Zealand’s home World Cup squad while Plimmer was a late injury replacement of Lauren Down.

“Fran Jonas and Molly Penfold have both spent a decent amount of time with the group and we hope they’ll continue to develop and grow in the environment. Izzy Gaze joins Jess McFadyen as another wicket-keeping option and we look forward to those two working together to improve their skills.

“Georgia Plimmer was a late injury replacement in our World Cup squad last season, so has been around the group, while Nensi Patel and Eden Carson have both shone at domestic level.”

Players offered central contracts for 2022-23:Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Nensi Patel, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe

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