Trent Boult Announces Retirement from T20 World Cup After Distinguished Career

Trent Boult has 32 wickets in T20 World Cups and an economy rate of 6.07•ICC/Getty Images
Trent Boult has 32 wickets in T20 World Cups and an economy rate of 6.07•ICC/Getty Images

Trent Boult Announces Retirement from T20 World Cup After Distinguished Career

Yes, Trent Boult has announced that this will be his final T20 World Cup. He shared this news after playing a notable match against Uganda, where he took 2 wickets for just 7 runs. Boult, who is now 34 years old, has been a key player for New Zealand in T20 World Cups, with 32 wickets in 17 matches and a very good economy rate. However, he has not been a regular part of the New Zealand team recently, especially since he was released from his central contract nearly two years ago.

This decision to retire from T20 World Cups raises questions about whether Boult will also retire from ODI World Cups. The next T20 World Cup is in 2026, and the next ODI World Cup is scheduled for the year after that. Boult will play his final T20 World Cup match against Papua New Guinea.

With Boult stepping away, attention is turning to the future of New Zealand’s cricket team, which is now aging. Only three players in the current squad will be under 30 by the time they return home. This tournament, where New Zealand did not advance past the group stage, signals a potential transition period for the team. Boult and Tim Southee have been important figures in New Zealand’s recent successes, but Boult hinted that opportunities for them to play together may become limited.

Despite these changes, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson believes there are still players who will continue to represent the team for a long time. However, finding a replacement for Boult, one of New Zealand’s best fast bowlers, will be a significant challenge for the team in the near future.

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