New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday informed that White Ferns allrounder Amelia Kerr has pulled out of the upcoming tour of England citing prioritizing her mental health and well-being. The board confirmed the news while announcing a 16-player squad for the England tour comprising three T20Is and five ODIs, starting from September 2.
“I love representing New Zealand and playing for the WHITE FERNS,” said Kerr.
“However, after plenty of consultation with my support network, putting my mental health and well-being first is my number one priority. I’ve not taken this decision lightly – I feel this is best for me at the current time.”
With growing priority over the mental health of players amid the bio-bubble and quarantine times due to the pandemic, White Ferns Coach Bob Carter fully supported the decision of Amelia Kerr.
“Player welfare is paramount, particularly in today’s environment,” he said. “It’s important to respect the needs of the athletes.
“Amelia has shown a lot of courage in making this decision and I look forward to her return to the WHITE FERNS when she decides the time is right.”
The squad has welcomed two maiden call-ups for the England tour, Wellington Blaze wicket-keeper Jess McFadyen and Central Hinds seamer Claudia Green.
Green earned her call up after taking five for 48 for the New Zealand XI against England in a Queenstown warm-up fixture, impressing the selectors. As for McFadyen, she made the cut to earn a contract for the 2021-22 season after her brilliant domestic stint for the Wellington Blaze. She is the second choice wicket-keeping option alongside Katey Martin for the tour.
Meanwhile, the White Ferns squad will depart for the UK on Friday, August 13 with the first T20I against England on September 2 at County Ground, Chelmsford.
White Ferns squad for England tour
Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite (vc), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Jess Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Leigh Kasperek, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen* (wk), Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu