Irish all-rounder leaves national team hoping to play for Australia
Pace bowling all-rounder Kim Garth has left Ireland with a dream of playing for the Australian cricket team. She has signed a two-year contract for the Australian state of Victoria. The 24-year-old all-rounder can also get a chance to play for the national team if she can do well in domestic cricket regularly.
Garth played 34 ODIs and 51 Twenty20 Internationals for the Irish women’s cricket team from 2010 to 2019. She took 23 wickets, scored 448 runs in ODIs and took 42 wickets, scored 762 runs in T20I. She has not had a chance in the Ireland squad since September last year.
Garth has long dreamed of playing for the Australian women’s cricket team. She has already played for the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League. He also played club cricket for Melbourne. Garth was voted the most expensive player in Dandenong last season.
“While I have accepted the offer, it was not an easy decision to make,” she said of his decision to join Victoria.
“To leave family, friends and the whole Irish cricket community was a very difficult decision and one I did not take lightly. However, my ambition has always been to be a full-time professional cricketer and to play at the highest level. A chance like this doesn’t present itself too often, so I am keen to seize this opportunity.”
“I will miss being part of the Irish squad, and indeed all the staff I have worked with at Cricket Ireland – I am very grateful and conscious of the opportunities afforded to me by Cricket Ireland over the years. But I have also learned a lot living and playing cricket in Australia and hope that, at some future time, I can bring this experience home and give back in some way.”