New Zealand’s quest for glory in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has received a significant boost with the commitment of experienced fast bowler Trent Boult, despite not agreeing to a central playing contract. Boult and New Zealand Cricket have reached a compromise, with the player offered a casual playing agreement, while 20 of his international teammates have been offered full-time contracts.
The decision to offer Boult a casual playing agreement comes after a central contract release was agreed upon by both parties back in August of last year. This release allowed the 33-year-old bowler the flexibility to participate in various domestic leagues around the world and spend more time with his family. However, it was understood that Boult’s commitment to the national team remained unwavering, especially for major tournaments like the World Cup.
With Boult’s return to the World Cup setup looking imminent, New Zealand’s chances of going one step further in the tournament have received a significant boost. Boult’s experience and skill as a fast bowler make him a vital asset to the team, and his commitment demonstrates his determination to contribute to New Zealand’s success on the global stage.
In addition to Boult’s compromise, fellow fast bowler Adam Milne is set to accept his first central contract in five years after an impressive performance in international cricket. Milne’s return to the central contract setup is well-deserved, considering his outstanding performances over the past 12 months.
Having featured in 11 T20Is and five ODIs, Milne made a significant impact, claiming 24 wickets during this period. Notably, he achieved a remarkable five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in a T20I match in April, which showcased his prowess as a formidable fast bowler. Milne’s return to the central contract fold is a testament to his hard work, perseverance, and consistent performances for the national team.