Ricky Ponting says Trent Boult’s choice to play T20 franchise cricket instead of being under contract with New Zealand was inevitable given the busy schedule. He further pointed to the financial incentives of playing T20s for franchises and Boult’s need to save for retirement.
Trent Boult became the latest victim of a ruthless international cricket calendar after he was recently released from his central contract with New Zealand Cricket at the bowler’s request. The announcement came just days before the announcement of the Future Tours schedule, which saw even more matches scheduled than the previous cycle.
England had to endure the loss of Ben Stokes for the same reason this year, thus perhaps triggering a tendency to change direction. Australian legend Ricky Bridge said the news came as no surprise to him as he understood how taxing so many matches could be.
“I think it’s inevitable now with the number of national T20 tournaments popping up all over the world now,” he said on the ICC Exam.
“It’s getting harder and harder for these guys to keep the international cricket calendar full.”
Boult has represented the Black Caps in 217 games so far, scalping 549 wickets and etching his name among the all-time greats. However, the 33-year-old is currently at his peak and will soon enter the twilight of his career. Ponting thinks it’s a good time for Boult to take advantage of the lucrative deals franchise cricket has to offer.
“For someone like Trent Boult, and no disrespect to New Zealand, but I’m sure their domestic contracts probably only reflect what he would win in one of those domestic T20 tournaments,” he said. he declared.
“He’s coming to the end of his career and he has to think about his family and the financial side of the game now, probably more than ever.”
“He’s also at the top of his game in every format, so wherever he goes and chooses to play, if he’s talking about T20 stuff, then he’ll be in high demand. There’s no doubt about that. “
The left-arm rapid will still represent New Zealand on the international stage, but with far less frequency than before.
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