Former Black Cap quick Davis comes out as gay

Heath Davis, who played five tests and 11 ODIs from 1994 to 1997, says he was repressing his sexuality

Reuters
Published : 2 August 2022, 07:32 AM
Updated : 2 August 2022, 07:32 AM

Former test pace bowler Heath Davis has become the first male New Zealand international cricketer to come out as gay, still a rarity in the professional game.

Davis, now 50 and living in Australia, played five tests and 11 one-day internationals from 1994 to 1997 as well as enjoying a lengthy domestic career as a quick but erratic fast bowler.

"I felt there was this part of my life that I was hiding," he said in an interview with online magazine The Spinoff.

"There was a lot of that, just keeping your personal life separate. It was lonely ... I was repressing it, I wasn't living a gay life."

Davis said life improved after a move from his native Wellington to play domestic cricket in the more cosmopolitan city of Auckland in 1997.

"I felt there was this part of my life I needed to express, I was sick of hiding it," he added.

"Everyone in Auckland knew I was gay, in the team, but it didn't seem to be that big an issue ... I just felt free."

Former England wicketkeeper Steven Davies became the first male international cricketer to publicly come out as gay in early 2011.

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