Amy Satterthwaite announces pregnancy

Amy Satterthwaite & Lea Tahuhu © Amy Satterthwaite/ Instagram

Amy Satterthwaite, New Zealand captain, will be taking time away from cricket to have her first child, with wife Lea Tahuhu. The announcement was made on Tuesday (August 20).

“Lea and I are overjoyed to share the news that I’m expecting our first child early in the new year”, Satterthwaite said. “It is a special time in our lives and we can’t wait for this new chapter.”

Satterthwaite is taking a leave of absence with the intent to return to the field when the time is right. It is assumed that she will likely miss the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

Although it is a new challenge for Satterthwaite, the skipper said she will continue to be involved with the team, if not on the field, at least in a mentoring capacity.

“I am very lucky to have great support from NZC (New Zealand Cricket) 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.”

“I look forward to being involved with the White Ferns squad where possible and offering support and knowledge in a mentoring capacity.”

The left-hander, who has been captain of Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia for the last two season, will be unavailable to play for the club, but will perform a specialist coaching role.

The club are yet to announce a replacement for Satterthwaite as captain and player as well. Tahuhu, on the other hand, will continue to play for Renegades, and is set to join the squad soon.

“First and foremost we are very excited for Amy and Lea.  They are very popular members within the team and I know their teammates are absolutely thrilled for them,” Tim Coyle, Renegades head coach, said. “Amy has a great cricket mind and will be of great benefit to the squad, albeit in an off-field capacity.”

David White, NZC chief executive, said his organisation was delighted and excited for Satterthwaite and Tahuhu.

“As soon as the Women’s Master Agreement (already agreed in principle) is signed off and confirmed, Amy will be announced as one of our contracted White Ferns for the 2019-20 year,” said White. “As such, she will be the first player to benefit from the new pregnancy leave provisions included in the new agreement.”

“This means 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.”

He maintained that he was looking forward to Satterthwaite’s return to the cricket field and believes that she will play a major role in the team’s 2021 ODI World Cup campaign at home.