New Zealand Pacer shock move as the Kiwi star granted release from the contract in the seismic moment: New Zealand’s star bowler Trent Boult was released from his central contract with Black Caps.
In a statement released by NZC, Trent Boult has a significantly reduced role across all three formats with the Black Caps.
The pacer could spend more time with his family and be available to play in domestic leagues around the world.
After a long conversation with the country’s governing cricket body, before they agreed to his request on Wednesday.
“Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I’m so proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with the Black Caps over the past 12 years,” Boult said.
“Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys. The family has always been the biggest motivator for me. And I feel comfortable with putting it first and preparing ourselves for life after cricket.”
Boult’s decision will likely have major implications for New Zealand cricket with Black Caps teammates potentially tempted to follow suit in bid to cash in on lucrative domestic T20 leagues.
The world cricket calendar is becoming tighter and tighter with the introduction of several privately-owned domestic leagues. Including the United Arab Emirates International League T20 and South Africa’s newly-launched T20 competition.
“I still have a big desire to represent my country and feel I have the skills to deliver at the international level. However, I respect the fact that not having a national contract will affect my chances of selection,” he added.
“Having said that, as a fast bowler I know I have a limited career span, and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase.”
“We respect Trent’s position,” said Mr White. “He’s been completely honest and upfront with us about his reasoning and. While we’re sad to be losing him as a fully-contracted player, he leaves with our best wishes and our sincere thanks,” White said.
“Trent’s made a massive contribution to the Blackcaps since his Test debut in late 2011. And is now considered one of the best multi-format cricketers in the world. We’re very proud of what he’s achieved.”
Boult has played a crucial role in New Zealand’s success on the world stage over the last decade, having taken 317 Test wickets, 169 in ODI’s and 62 in T20 internationals.
The talented left-armer sits at No. 1 on the ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings, having taken 169 scalps at 25.21 since his international debut in 2011. He has also taken 317 Test wickets at 27.49.
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