Gavin Larsen wants Trent Boult to lead New Zealand’s bowling attack at 50-over World Cup.
Boult is ranked third among ICC One-Day International bowlers.
He was not a member of the New Zealand team during their recent visits to Pakistan
Gavin Larsen, the head selector for New Zealand, has voiced his desire that bowler Trent Boult will captain the team’s bowling attack at the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India.
Boult was not a member of the New Zealand team during their recent visits to Pakistan and India. Boult had his core contract with Cricket New Zealand terminated at his request last year so that he may play in franchise leagues throughout the world.
Boult’s participation in cricket’s premier tournament is in doubt despite his desire to play in the World Cup since New Zealand’s cricket governing body gives precedence to the players within the contract for selection.
Larsen, though, told media, that “the door is very much open,” and that Boult is in frequent contact with head coach Gary Stead.
“Gary and Trent communicate frequently. “We all know Boulty’s pedigree, his expertise, and what a terrific match-winner he is and has been for us over the years,” he explained.
“We want him to be involved, we’d love him to be involved, we completely understand his circumstances, so we’ll keep working with him,” New Zealand’s top selector added.
“We’ve got a World Cup coming up at the end of the year, and I’m hoping that if the stars align, we’ll have a certain Trent Boult opening the bowling for us.”
With his excellent swing ability, the experienced pacer is arguably one of the most formidable bowlers in any format in the contemporary age. He is ranked third among ICC One-Day International bowlers.
In his absence, New Zealand’s bowling struggled on their recent trip to India, when they lost both the ODI and T20I series.
The 33-year-old last played for his country in the semifinal matchup of the 2023 T20 World Cup against Pakistan, when he took two wickets for 33 runs in a losing effort.
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