Former New Zealand fast bowler Heath Davies has become the first male international cricketer from the country to publicly come out as gay.
According to ESPNMr Davies is renowned as one of the fastest bowlers New Zealand has ever produced. The 50-year-old played five Tests and 11 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Black Caps between 1994 and 1997. In his overall Test career, he took 17 wickets in five matches and 11 wickets in ODIs.
Now, decades after his Test debut, Mr Davis has publicly revealed his sexuality for the first time in an episode of the documentary series Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends. They told spinoff He really began to explore himself during his first tour of England in 1994, although he told his mother at an early age that he was gay.
“First Tour of England” [in 1994], I was starting to find myself, going a few times and things in private to see what life is like… well, you’re on the other side of the world, no one is going to know you. I left that part of my life there. There was a lot in that, just keeping his personal life separate,” he said.
The cricketer also opened up about the “lonely” experience of living separate lives on and off the field from Wellington to Auckland.
“It was lonely. Going to the sauna and busy places to have sex because you didn’t want to be seen and stuff like that. I had systems and people where I could talk about these things but I didn’t feel comfortable ,” said Mr. Davis.
He revealed that he entered into his first gay relationship at the age of 27 while playing for Wellington, but the pair were reluctant to appear in public. He said that when a contract offer came in from Auckland, he saw an opportunity to move away from the city. And after the transfer, he told the manager of his new team that he was gay, given his team members and “it didn’t seem like such a big issue”.
In particular, according to ESPNThe first international male cricketer to publicly come out as gay was former England wicketkeeper Steven Davis in 2011.
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