Trent Boult, a fast bowler for New Zealand, hopes to “play a big role” in the World Cup. The tournament will be held in India. The 34-year-old player, who had opted out of the central contract around this time last year, is now back with the national team after being nominated to the ODI squad for the upcoming England trip. This tournament will signal New Zealand’s last preparations to accomplish what they narrowly missed out on in 2019.
Boult, who last played an ODI in September of last year, said on Thursday (August 10), “I’ve always had it in my mind to come back, and working towards an ODI World Cup, with the history involved there and the times that we’ve had in previous campaigns have been very exciting.” As a result, I’m eager to contribute, believing that I can have a significant impact, and daydreaming about the possibility of finally achieving the success to which we were so near four years ago.
Boult reflected on why he decided to play franchise cricket all around the globe rather than sign a central contract.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make a year ago… to move away from the New Zealand Cricket bubble,” Boult said. Neither New Zealand nor franchise cricket were ever the focus of my intentions. Realising that my time as a professional bowler was limited, I made every effort to make the most of it. I’m just as eager as ever to put on the USA uniform and make history with the rest of the men over the following several months.
“I still respect the international game immensely,” Boult said.In my perspective, the ODI World Cup is still the pinnacle of cricket and plays a significant role in inspiring young people to pursue cricket as a career.
Everyone looks at Twenty20 cricket and thinks, ‘Oh, it’s just 20 overs, or four overs as a bowler.’ But the intensity and training and time away from home are still the issue.
“When I decided to leave my contract, it was so that I could spend more time with my family at home. Instead, I ended up playing a lot of cricket all over the globe. Having the opportunity to travel with my family has been one of the highlights of my life; looking back at old photos of my kids in cowboy hats in Texas and turbans in Rajasthan is something I know I’ll be proud of long into the future.
The previous year saw Boult playing in competitions all around the globe, including the Major Cricket League with MI New York. The franchise cricket he played in was “pretty hard,” he said openly.
Franchise cricket… not encroaching, but definitely more prevalent. But I still believe that playing for your country on the international stage is crucial if you want to join one of the franchises.
Franchise cricket is a challenging sport. You’re just one or two bad games from being benched, and hundreds of other cricketers are vying to take your place. The stakes are high.