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“Preparing For Life After Cricket”- Trent Boult Says Goodbye To New Zealand Cricket Central Contract

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

Trent Boult has opted out of his central contract with New Zealand Cricket. Boult took this decision for more family time and to be available for Global T20 Leagues. Boult will still be eligible for national selection, but centrally contracted players will get a higher priority.

Boult said: “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 Black Caps 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 added: “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.”
With so much cricket being played, Workload management has become important. It’s likely that more players will opt for the freelancing route in future, for work-life balance.

Trent Boult’s International Career so far

Trent Boult has played 78 Tests, 93 ODIs and 44 T20Is so far. He has taken 317 Test, 169 ODI, and 62 T20I wickets. He is one of the only four Kiwis to have taken 300 Test wickets. Boult is currently the No.1 ranked ODI bowler in the world and is ranked 11th, 26th on Test and T20I rankings respectively.

While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, New Zealand chief executive David White said that Trent Boult will be selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. White said: “I’d imagine that he will be selected for the T20 World Cup in Australia because he’s been a big part of our plans and preparation for that.”

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