Twenty-four-year-old Leigh Kasperek lacks the usual Kiwi flavour when she talks but she has imbibed the winning nature in her easily. Having born in Scotland, Kasperek made the move to New Zealand after she wanted to ‘get better opportunities’
The former Scotland international is an all-round talent. She spins the ball, is a dynamic batsman and an outstanding fielder and she ticks all the boxes necessary to flourish in the game. “I played for many years in Scotland.
However, when I went to Perth for a season, I got an opportunity to play in Wellington. I fell in love with New Zealand at first sight and decided that I would make a move to New Zealand for better prospects,” Kasperek said.
With no professional women’s team in Scotland, Kasperek’s move was justified. “The cricket back in Scotland is rising. There weren’t many opportunities converse to what New Zealand offers (now).
A neat domestic structure forms a part of the foundation and there is no dearth of opportunities in this country,” the 24-year-old said.
According to Kasperek, New Zealand offers a complete package. “I wanted to get out of Scotland and explore different parts of the world. That partly explains why I didn’t choose to play in England too.
When I got a chance to play in a different country, I felt it offered me what I wanted in terms of a career, living and a life. I think I have made the best decision,” Kasperek added.
Being an off-spinner not many would have been surprised when she was included in the White Ferns team for their sub-continent tour to India last year.
“But I was surprised. It came as a huge stunner for me. However, having done well here, I know we are prepared well after having exposure to the conditions earlier.
I would term myself lucky to have got that experience,” the spinner added. Being a slow bowler, Kasperek knows that her role is big in the World Cup.
“I know my responsibility. I just want to keep the ball in the right areas and take as many wickets as possible. It is all about adapting to the situation and the conditions well,” she added.