After around seven years back, Suzie Bates has stepped down as New Zealand captain.
The 30-year-old, Bates is the leading run-scorer in the history of women’s Twenty20 international cricket, will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite. Less than two months ago, the change takes place before the start of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.
Bates said: “Captaining New Zealand was a great honour and a rewarding experience. I gave it my all. The last 12 months, I’ve probably struggled with captaincy and playing, and it has affected my performances, particularly at the end of seasons where I’ve been more fatigued.”
In 2006, Bates made her international debut. He was named as Wisden’s leading female cricketer in the world in 2015, and has twice been the International Cricket Council’s women’s one-day international cricketer of the year.
At the 2013 World Cup, she was player of the tournament. She represented New Zealand in basketball at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Satterthwaite, who has previously stood in as White Ferns skipper in three ODIs, added: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to captain your country. Suzie has done an outstanding job and I’m sure she’ll continue to contribute considerably in a leadership sense.”
At the end of this month, her first job as full-time captain will be a Twenty20 series in Australia.
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