Kiwi pacer Trent Bout is not a part of their ODI and T20I squads that has been named for the upcoming homes series against India. India and New Zealand play a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series between November 18-30. Kane Williamson will lead the Kiwis in both the formats. For India, Hardik Pandya will lead the T20I side while Shikhar Dhawan the ODI side as the seniors have been rested after the T20 World Cup.
Trent Boult has ended his central contract earlier this year in August. However, he played the T20 World Cup where his side reached the semi-finals. The management felt that the players who have central or domestic contracts need to be given priority now. The left-arm pacer will have a “significantly reduced role” from here on now that he is not on the list of centrally contracted players.
Kiwi head coach Gary Stead has further explained the reason why was Boult not included in the squads that was named for the India series.
Players With Domestic Or Central Contracts To Be Given Priority: Gary Stead On Trent Boult’s Absence From IND vs NZ Series
“When Trent opted out of his NZC contract in August, we indicated that priority would be given to those players with either central or domestic contracts, and that’s been the case here. We’re all aware of Trent’s world-class ability, but at this time – as we build towards more global events, we want to give opportunities and experiences to others,” Stead said in an official release issued by New Zealand Cricket.
Meanwhile, young opener Fin Allen is a part of the squad which means that the experienced and seasoned player Martin Guptill has not found a place in the side.
“The emergence and success of Finn at the top of the order in white-ball cricket means a guy of the class of Martin Guptill misses out – that’s just the nature of the high-performance sport,” said Stead.
He further said that with just a year to go for the 50-over World Cup in India, the management is keen on getting Allen prepared for the mega event.
“With the 50-over World Cup less than a year away we’re keen to give Finn every opportunity to keep gaining ODI experience, especially against quality opposition such as India. The message to both those players is that there’s a lot of international cricket ahead and the door is certainly not closed to them,” he added.
India won the T20I series while the Kiwis bagged the ODI series the last time India played New Zealand in New Zealand in 2020.