Trent Boult
Trent Boult [Image-Ggetty]

Trent Boult’s release from his central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was officially announced on Wednesday.

This will allow him to spend more time with his young family and be available for domestic matches. The request was made by the left-arm fast following multiple discussions with his cricket board.

Trent Boult and Martin Guptill.
Trent Boult and Martin Guptill. Credits: ICC

According to an official statement from NZC, “the change means Boult, who has taken 317 Test wickets, 169 ODI wickets, and 62 T20I wickets, will have a drastically reduced involvement with the BLACKCAPS during his final years in the game, while still being eligible for selection if and when available.”

Boult added that he is aware of the consequences of his choice and that it might have an impact on the selection process.

“I still have a strong desire to represent my country, and I believe I am capable of doing so on a global level. But I understand that not having a national contract will reduce my selection chances,” Boult stated.

Trent Boult, New Zealand Fast Bowler,
Trent Boult (Image Credit: Twitter)

 “Having said that, I realize I have a finite career span and I feel the time is perfect to move into this next chapter.”

‘We respect Trent Boult’s position’: David White

NZC CEO David White stated that during discussions, the left arm quick stated that his desire for touring had reduced and that he genuinely wish to spend more time with his family.

“We respect Trent’s position,” NZC CEO David White said on Wednesday.

“While we are sorry to lose him as a fully contracted player, he departs with our deepest appreciation and best wishes. He has been absolutely honest and up-front with us about his motivation.”

Trent Boult
Trent Boult [Image-Getty]
“Since making his test debut in late 2011, Trent has significantly impacted the Black Caps and is currently regarded as one of the top cricketers in the world across all formats. We are quite pleased with what he is accomplished,” the speaker continued.”

Although it is expected that players under contract will be given preference, Boult will still be able to be chosen for New Zealand.

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