Simon Katich calls time on Australian domestic cricket – Cricket News Update
Former Australian Test opener, Simon Katich, has called time on his first-class career in his native country in order to spend more time with his family.
The left-hander has been a prolific run scorer in the Australian domestic circuit where he initially started playing for Western Australia before moving on to New South Wales, representing them in 10 of the 16 seasons, scoring over 5000 runs at an impressive
average of 61.73.
The past 12 month or so have been the most difficult for Katich, where he was forced to relinquish his place in the national team after a reshuffle to the Australian structure in the aftermath of the defeat suffered at the hands of England in the Ashes.
He was then disciplined by Cricket Australia after he claimed that current Aussie skipper, Michael Clarke, had a pivotal hand in ending his Test career. Since then, the veteran has also relinquished his state captaincy after NSW decided to name a young leader.
New South Wales chief Harry Harinath, however, was quick to praise the contributions of the left-hander.
“Simon’s contribution to New South Wales cricket was quite simply outstanding,” said NSW chief Harry Harinath. “In his 10 years with our state he brought a passion, dedication and commitment that was admired by everybody.
“Not only was he a superb batsman, with a state and international record to rival the best, but he was a brilliant leader who was respected by all that played with him.”
The player is currently playing in the English domestic season where he is representing troubled outfit Hampshire. His decision to quit domestic cricket on home land could now further see him extend his stay in England. However, with Katich reiterating the
desire the spend more time with his family; it remains to be seen whether he opts to sign a contract extension.
He has also agreed to represent Perth Scorchers in the upcoming Champions League T20, scheduled to take place in October.
“With a young family and a desire for an extended time at home, Simon has decided it is time to reassess his priorities,” a statement read.