- Feb 24, 2024
- Sep 26, 2023
Trent Boult, the top speedster for New Zealand Cricket (NZC), was formally released from his central contract on Wednesday. Boult made the choice because he wanted to spend more time with his family and also be available for domestic games in addition to international ones. The board made the decision after the pacer made multiple requests.
The move also means that Boult may only play in important matches for New Zealand in the future. The Kiwi speedster has played 137 limited overs games and 78 Tests for his country so far. This decision contrasts with the choices of many other players, who have left one game format to manage their workload and spend more time with their families.
Boult, on the other hand, will continue to represent New Zealand across all formats, although in a considerably reduced capacity.
“This has been a really tough decision for me, and I’d like to thank NZC for their support in getting to this point. Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream, and I’m so proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with the BLACKCAPS over the past 12 years. Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert, and our three young boys. 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 was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Trent Boult acknowledged that opting out of the central contract will diminish his prospects of representing his country. He will continue to be eligible for selection for New Zealand, although players under a central contract might be given preference.