Ireland born all-rounder Kim Garth has able to qualify to represent the Australian women’s cricket team in the near future. She has done it after signing a two-year contract with Cricket Victoria as an overseas recruit.
Garth has generous experience making Down Under, aside from playing in the Women’s Big Bash League. She represented the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers. Garth likewise played club cricket in Melbourne last season.
“While I have accepted the offer, it was not an easy decision to make. To leave family, friends, and the whole Irish cricket community was a very difficult decision. And this is the 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,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Garth saying
The 24-year old has played 34 ODIs and 51 T20Is for Ireland, hoarding 1,210 runs while getting 65 wickets.
Garth hoped to represent Ireland women’s cricket team in future
Garth, but, didn’t rule out the possibilities of representing the Ireland women’s cricket team in the future.
“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,” she stated.
Cricket Victoria’s general manager of cricket Shaun Graf said Garth means to apply for permanent Australian residency.
“Kim Garth has played a lot of cricket within Australia in recent seasons and brings further international experience to the squad.”
“She will play as an overseas player initially however she intends to apply for permanent residency allowing her the opportunity to hopefully one day play for Australia,” Graf said.