Trent Boult was freed from his contract with New Zealand Cricket earlier this month so that he could spend more time with his family.
The 33-year-old left-arm fast bowler has lately discussed the rising difficulty of touring overseas with a young family at home with national cricket officials.
Boult will still be eligible for selection for New Zealand, however, it is probable that contractual players would be given precedence.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has now spoken out on the development, calling it a “surprising” move. He did, however, defend Boult, claiming that the tight timeline had pushed players’ hands.
It Is Unfair To Say Trent Boult Is Chasing Money: Scott Styris
“Firstly, it has taken New Zealand by complete surprise, certainly the cricket viewing public. Nobody really thought that Trent Boult is going to finish up this quickly and this soon,” Styris said on Sports18.
“It is also a little unfair to say he is chasing money as such. It’s time now that he prioritises the format that he enjoys, a little bit like Ben Stokes. But it is also a bigger message that the schedule is broken.
“I don’t think cricket can afford to lose the likes of Stokes and Trent Boult, two of the best cricketers in the world right now, away from the international game
“I think it depends where you come from. New Zealand players don’t get the same levels of money that some of big Australia, England and Indian players get. This is the players’ job; people have to remember that,” said the former CSK star.
Boult is currently playing in the West Indies for NZ.