A 33-years-old New Zealand pacer, Trent Boult, shocked the cricket fraternity by pulling back from International cricket. The decision started doing rounds on social media after the New Zealand Cricket Board released the player from central cricket. It is learned that the player had requested the cricket board to release him from the central contract so that he is available to play domestic T20 leagues around the world and also spend quality time with his family. Boult will have a lesser role in International cricket but he can be considered for national duty when he makes himself available.
“We respect Trent’s position,” New Zealand Cricket 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. Twitter soon started making rounds wondering about the exit of Trent Boult from the central contract, further, shrinking his chances of getting selected for the national team.
The decisions that Quinton de Kock, and specifically Trent Boult, have made, point to a future of shorter international careers and more players happy to be part of the gig economy. With young families, it isn't easy to play both, international cricket and T20 leagues.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 10, 2022
Trent Boult has been released from the New Zealand central contract as per his request to spend more time with family & domestic leagues – This will reduce his role in Kiwis and will be eligible in International cricket when he is available.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 10, 2022
Trent Boult pulling out of his New Zealand central contract is huge news: every chance he has played his last Test and that their loss will be Rajasthan, Paarl and Barbados Royals’ gain
He only turned 33 last month and is arguably one of very few world-class three-format quicks
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) August 9, 2022
Leave Trent Boult alone.
He's 33. He's been an amazing servant of NZC for over a decade.
Time for him to cash in
— Dennishahbaz Gill (@DennisCricket_) August 9, 2022
Brave of Trent Boult to take this decision. He is 33, so after playing all his life under a contract, he has every right to go freelance, and make the best of his remaining years.
Kudos to New Zealand Cricket @BLACKCAPS to not throw a hissy fit about it.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) August 10, 2022