After several rounds of discussion, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was forced to take the decision. Trent Boult was released from the central contract. The left hand Kiwi pacer made the request himself. Naturally, NZC did not agree at first. But at the end of the day, Bolt achieved ‘freedom’.
From now on only on his own will, Bolt will play international cricket for New Zealand. NZC has no right to call up the team against his will. So Bahati pacer who played 78 Tests, 93 ODIs and 44 T20Is can be seen less in the national team in the future. However, he will play in the ongoing Windies tour.
There are two reasons behind Bolt’s decision. Firstly to give time to family and secondly to keep myself available for franchise T20 tournaments. Rumor has it that the 33-year-old pacer can sign up for the UAE T20 League to be held next December. “It was a difficult decision for me and thanks to NZC for their support,” he said after pulling out of the deal. It was my childhood dream to play cricket for the country and I am proud of what I have achieved for the Blackcaps in the last 12 years.’
Franchise cricket is gradually taking the place of international cricket. No one wants to miss out on the opportunity to earn a little more. But NZC hopes no one will walk Bolt’s path.
“I’ve never heard anything like this from anyone else,” said CEO David White. They are still talking about Test cricket and performing for New Zealand is equally important. Every year we have global events.’