Former Kiwi cricketer Danny Morrison believes that more players like Trent Boult and James Neesham will give up their central contracts to spend more time with their families. He also talks about how veteran batter Martin Guptill’s career is coming to an end.
Guptill, the most successful T20I batter for the Kiwis, scored 3531 runs at an average of 31.81 at a strike rate of 135.7. Even though Guptill was part of the World Cup squad, the young, aggressive batter, Finn Allen was still given preference. He is even left out of the team in the home series versus India.
While speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, he sheds some light on Martin Guptill’s career with the Blackcaps. Danny Morrison said:
“100 percent (on whether more players will opt out of central contracts). Someone like Martin Guptill, who hasn’t played much. His time is really up for New Zealand. He has a young family, a two-year-old and a four-and-a-half-year-old. So fairplay to him to decide to sacrifice his time away and play in New Zealand to be with his family.”
“He wants to make hay while the sun shines for his family” – Danny Morrison on Trent Boult
Another prominent player missing from the squad is Trent Boult. Earlier this year, Boult gave up his central contract to spend more time with his loved ones and play more franchise cricket. Morrison stated:
“It’s about choosing whether you want to play Tests and ODIs or go down the franchise route having the risk of no central contract. Boult has gone that way and understandably, he wants to make hay while the sun shines for his family back home.”
Trent Boult will be seen in action in the upcoming Big Bash League. He was drafted by the Melbourne Stars and was the team’s first-choice signing.
The T20I leg of the white ball series between New Zealand and India will begin on November 18.