The skipper of White Ferns Amy Satterthwaite set to take a leave from all forms of the game following the confirmation of her pregnancy. The all-rounder set to have her first child with the wife Lea Tahuhu. For the same, the New Zealand Cricket Board has granted her leaves for the required period of time.
A New Zealand Cricket statement said Satterthwaite will return to the game “when the time is right”, but she will continue to be contracted under the newly introduced Women’s Master Agreement.
We are overjoyed – Amy Satterthwaite
The cricketer said that they are very happy and excited to have their first child. Further, she added that they are expecting the arrival of the baby in the new year. And also, the skipper Amy Satterthwaite thanked the respective board for understanding the matter and granting the leave for her.
In a statement released on August 20, Satterthwaite said: “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 am very lucky to have great support from NZC with regard to 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,” Amy Satterthwaite said.
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 🥰 #babysatterhuhu #jan2020 pic.twitter.com/UwRXJ3YMJx
— Amy Satterthwaite (@AmySatterthwait) August 20, 2019
The Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) marriage was made legal in New Zealand in August 2013. Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu, a lesbian couple, were engaged in 2014 and then got married in March 2017.
The flamboyant all-rounder Satterthwaite has played 119 one-day internationals and 99 Twenty20s since her White Ferns debut in 2007. The skipper will continue to take her salary from the board. Meanwhile, in the latest landmark agreement, White Ferns can each earn up to $16,000 in match fees per year under the new policy.