‘It’s been a dream come true’ – Katey Martin announces her retirement

New Zealand wicketkeeper Katey Martin has announced her retirement, bringing to a close a 21-year career.
Martin made her international debut in what would be her only Test, against India in 2003, then went on to play 103 ODIs and 95 T20Is, finishing at the recent home ODI World Cup. Her 169 domestic one-day appearances is a record across the men’s and women’s game in New Zealand.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” Martin said. “To all my team-mates, coaches, opposition, fans and friends I’ve met along the way, I want to thank you for making my time in cricket so memorable.

“Cricket really has given me my life – from leaving Dunedin as a youngster to attend the NZC Academy in Christchurch, to traveling the world as a White Fern and representing my country – it’s been a dream come true.”

Martin had been visibly emotional during New Zealand’s final World Cup match against Pakistan in March and said that she had all-but made her decision to retire.

“I knew heading into that match it could be my last time playing for New Zealand, hence why I was quite emotional. I took some time after the tournament to talk to family and friends to solidify my decision before making it official today.

Former New Zealand coach Bob Carter, who ended his tenure after the recent World Cup, paid tribute to Martin’s career.

“Katey Martin is one of a kind,” he said. “The White Ferns environment is richer for having her around. She brought energy, excitement and fun to the group and her presence will be missed I’m sure.”

Martin has already made a name for herself in the commentary box and will now look to explore more opportunities there in retirement as well as coaching the next generation.

“I’m passionate about leaving the game in a better place and would be very keen to help coach and develop our next generation of keepers,” she said. “It’s definitely somewhere I feel I can give back to a game that has given me so much.”

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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