Fast bowler Trent Boult’s resurgence in New Zealand’s ODI squad for England tour and upcoming World Cup, his reflections on franchise cricket, and aspirations for cricket glory.
New Zealand’s swift bowler, Trent Boult, is gearing up to make a substantial impact in the upcoming World Cup in India. The 34-year-old had stepped away from the central contract around the same time last year, but now finds himself back in the national squad after being included in the ODI team for the England tour. This tour will serve as New Zealand’s final groundwork to accomplish what they narrowly missed out on in 2019.
Expressing his thoughts, Boult stated, “I’ve always had the intention to return, and working towards an ODI World Cup, considering the historical significance and the memorable moments from past campaigns, is truly exciting. I’m eager to participate and hopefully play a significant role, with the aspiration of lifting a gleaming trophy that slipped through our fingers four years ago.”
Boult also reflected on his choice to forgo the central contract and engage in franchise cricket worldwide.
“A year ago, it wasn’t a straightforward decision… to step away from the New Zealand Cricket environment,” Boult shared. “My intention wasn’t to choose between New Zealand and franchise cricket. I simply respected the fact that my career has a limited span, and I aimed to maximize my remaining years as a bowler. My commitment to representing my nation is as strong as ever, and I hope to achieve something remarkable with my teammates over the next few months.”
He further added, “I maintain immense respect for the international cricket arena. It plays a pivotal role in inspiring aspiring cricketers and nurturing their dreams. In my opinion, the ODI World Cup remains the pinnacle of cricket achievements.”
Commenting on the perception of T20 cricket, Boult remarked, “People might think T20 cricket is only about 20 overs or four overs for a bowler… but it demands intensity, rigorous training, and considerable time away from home.”
“When I decided to step away from my contract, it was to spend more time with my family. However, it eventually led to extensive cricket travels worldwide. I feel fortunate to have taken my family on these journeys, and I’ll look back on these experiences with pride.”
True to his wishes, Boult embarked on a year of extensive travel, participating in leagues across the globe, including his recent stint with MI New York in the Major Cricket League. Reflecting on this, he characterized franchise cricket as “challenging.”
“Franchise cricket isn’t dominating, but its presence has grown significantly. Nonetheless, I believe international cricket plays a crucial role in earning the opportunity to join franchises and compete.”
“Franchise cricket can be demanding. Your position within the franchise can be jeopardized by just one or two performances, given the multitude of cricketers vying for a chance. There’s a lot at stake.”