New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has released Trent Boult from his central contract according to his wishes.

The left-arm pacer has shouldered the burden of New Zealand’s bowling unit for years with his new ball partner Tim Southee at his side.

The 33-year-old was in talks with his cricketing board regarding a growing international schedule with a release from his contract to spend more time with his family the suitable option for both.

A constantly growing cricketing schedule is quickly becoming a headache for players with many big names such as Ben Stokes retiring early from different formats to lower the stress on their bodies.

“We respect Trent’s position,” NZC chief executive David White said Wednesday. “He’s been completely honest and up-front with us about his reasoning and, while we’re sad to be losing him as a fully-contracted player, he leaves with our best wishes and our sincere thanks.

“Trent has made a massive contribution to the Black Caps since his test debut in late 2011 and is now considered one of the best multi-format cricketers in the world. We’re very proud of what he’s achieved.”

Trent Boult will remain eligible for selection by the NZC but it is understood that the board will prioritize the contracted talent, a decision Boult seems to be content with.

“I still have a big desire to represent my country and feel I have the skills to deliver at international level,” he said. “However, I respect the fact that not having a national contract will affect my chances of selection.

“Having said that, as a fast bowler I know I have a limited career span and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase”.

Boult has thus far taken 317 wickets in test matches and 169 in one-day internationals helping his side win the inaugural World Test Championship and reach the finals of the last two ODI World Cups.

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