Canterbury pitcher Frankie Mackay has criticized New Zealand cricket for their decision to remove a number of older players – including herself – from the central list of contracts.
It was confirmed on Friday that Mackay, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton and Amy Satterthwaite were not offered new contracts.
Fran Jonas, Molly Penfold, Izzy Gaze, Nensi Patel, Eden Carson and Georgia Plimmer received contracts for the first time.
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Mackay told 1News on Friday that she was “disappointed” and “angry” by the decision, especially with Satterthwaite, who she said deserved better.
“That’s not how the legends of the game should be treated,” Mackay said.
“We’ve been watching Ross Taylor all summer so he can have his swan song and his orders … and Amy didn’t get that opportunity. If you look at it, is it because she’s a woman? Maybe she is, and it’s really disappointing. .
“I feel embarrassed when my name is marked with an organization that has decided to treat its people this way.”
Mackay said the NZC told her the organization wanted to build a future around talented youngsters, but she believed getting rid of older players was not the answer.
“We just had a World Cup where we picked a 17-year-old player. If you’re good enough in New Zealand, you’re a team anyway.” [regardless of having a contract or not].
“I think teams are successful when they have such a mix of youth and experience. They all point to Australia and the way they approach things, and I think they lead the way in that as well.”
“They have experienced players who have dominated the world stage for a long time, and then they have a beautiful mix of young people who learn from Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Rachel Haynes, Beth Mooney, you see how they evolve and how fast they evolve.
“You look at this decision and you think the NZC missed the trick. It’s a great decision to involve young players … but removing those older players, those resources, I think it’s disappointing. Remove one leg of the leadership triangle [Satterthwaite]I think it’s really dangerous, it’s putting a lot of pressure on the other two [Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine] to perform. “
Satterthwaite is retiring as the second highest shooter in New Zealand in ODI women’s cricket and the seventh highest history in this format, hitting seven centuries and 27 half-centuries on her way to 4639 career ODI runs at 38.33.
In the international T20 races, her 1784 runs are the third highest in the history of New Zealand women.
He also has the best bowling figures for the White Ferns in T20 with his 6-17 effort against England.
Satterthwaite was also captain of the White Ferns full time in 2018 and 2019.
Lea Tahuhu is the leading ODI goalkeeper in New Zealand and the third in history in the T20.
Mackay said the duo and she were used as scapegoats after New Zealand’s unsatisfactory performance at the World Cup earlier this year, where they failed to advance to the semifinals.
“It seems like a bad day to be a Canterbury player who takes some goals over the age of 30,” Mackay said.
“She seems to be looking forward to getting rid of the team.
“It doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t seem right or fair. There’s a way to treat people, and that’s not it.”
New Zealand cricket general Bryan Stroach said it was not easy to make a decision, acknowledging that disappointed players would be missing, and thanking them all for their efforts.
“It’s also important to stress that just because someone hasn’t received a national contract offer doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t be selected.”