New Zealand Cricket releases Trent Boult from central contract


New Delhi: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has released star pacer Trent Boult from his central contract. The move followed a request from the pacer, who had cited the need to spend more time with his family and make himself available for the T20 league.

The 33-year-old had several meetings with NZC ahead of today’s announcement. The move could have a big impact on New Zealand, as a large number of T20 leagues have popped up during the duration of their summer domestic season.

Boult made it clear to NZC that he wanted to spend more time with his family and take a break from cricket.

“It has been a really difficult decision for me and I would like to thank NZC for their support in getting to this point. Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I have had a lot of fun with the Black Caps in the last 12 years. I am very proud of what I have achieved.

“Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys. Family has always been my biggest motivator and I feel comfortable putting it first and preparing myself for life after cricket,” They said.

“I still have a great desire to represent my country and feel that 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 my career is limited, and I think the time is right to move to this next stage.”

NZC CEO David White said: “We have had several talks and I know Trent understands that in terms of selection, NZC will continue to give priority to players who have central or home contracts.”

“We respect Trent’s position. He has been completely honest and forthright with us about his reasoning and while we are sad to lose him as a fully contracted player, he is very pleased with our best wishes and our Sincere goes with the thanks. Trent made a huge contribution to the Black Caps since his Test debut in late 2011 and is now regarded as one of the best multi-format cricketers in the world. What he has achieved We are very proud of that.”

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