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Trent Boult to be released from NZC contract

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New Zealand Cricket has agreed to terminate the central contract of Trent Boult. The board has given in to the 33-year-old pacer’s request after multiple discussions with the NZC. Boult asked for time off so he could spend more time with his family. He will be available for domestic leagues all over the world.

Boult will play a far smaller part for the national team in what will be his final season. But he will still be eligible for selection when and if he becomes available.

“We respect Trent’s position,” NZC chief executive White said on Wednesday (August 10). “He’s been completely honest and up-front with us about his reasoning and, while we’re sad to be losing him as a fully-contracted player, he leaves with our best wishes and our sincere thanks.

“Trent’s made a massive contribution to the BLACKCAPS since his Test debut in late 2011 and is now considered one of the best multi-format cricketers in the world. We’re very proud of what he’s achieved.”

Boult has played in 78 Tests, 93 ODIs, and 44 T20 Internationals to date. He acknowledged that this was a difficult choice to make but that it was necessary for the light of his young family.

“We’ve had several conversations and I know Trent understands that, in terms of selection, NZC will continue to make a priority of those players with either central or domestic contracts.”

“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 BLACKCAPS over the past 12 years”, Boult said.

The pacer understood that this decision might affect his chances of moving forward. But he believed the timing was perfect to make it.

“I still have a big desire to represent my country and feel I have the skills to deliver at an 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 I have a limited career span, and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase,” he said.

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Pratik Pathak
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