Trent Boult Released from New Zealand Central Contract

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has been released from his central contract after he request NZC.

Boult Released from New Zealand Central Contract

The 33-year-old fast bowler had requested the release to the board so that he can spend more time with his family while also making himself available for domestic leagues.

“The move means Boult, who has taken 317 Test wickets, 169 at ODI level, and 62 in T20I cricket, will have a significantly reduced role with the BLACKCAPS during his final years in the game, while still being eligible for selection if and when available,” stated an official release issued by NZC.

Trent Boult said that it was really a tough decision for him and also thanked the New Zealand cricket board for their support.

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

“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,” said Boult.

“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,” he added.

He said he understood the move would diminish his chances of playing for the BlackCaps.

“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. 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,” said Boult.

NZC chief executive David White said Boult has been completely honest and up-front with us about his reasoning.

“We respect Trent’s position. He’s been completely honest and up-front 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,” said White.

“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,” he added.

White also states that Boult would know how his decision might impact his international playing future.

“We’ve had several conversations and I know Trent understands that, in terms of selection, NZC will continue to make a priority of those players with either central or domestic contracts,” he said.

Trent Boult has played 78 Tests, 93 ODIs, and 44 T20Is and bagged 317, 169, and 62 wickets respectively.

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