Trent Boult is released from New Zealand's contract

The 33-year-old would like to spend more time with his family and make himself available for the domestic leagues

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These developments come after some reports surfaced that Boult will take an active part in the United Arab Emirates league. Boult is rumored to be in talks with the UAE franchises and South Africa's T20 league.

Fast bowler Trent Boult has signaled an end to his international career after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) agreed to release him from the central contract.
Boult expressed a desire to spend more time with family while making himself available for national leagues around the world and had asked NZC to release him from the contract.
It also means the left-arm pacemaker, who has had 78 Tests, 93 ODIs and 44 T20Is, will play a significantly smaller role with the national team but will still be eligible for selection if and when it becomes available.
"This was a really difficult decision for me and I want to thank NZC for their support to get to this point," said Boult, who is currently on New Zealand's West Indies tour.
“Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I am so proud of everything I have been able to achieve with the Black Caps over the past 12 years.
"Ultimately, this decision is about my wife Gert and our three boys."
Boult said he understood the move would reduce his chances of playing international cricket.
Notably, Boult took 317 scalps at 27.49 with 10 five-wicket hauls and a ten-for. He also has 169 ODI wickets and 62 in T20Is. The 33-year-old is currently the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world and is 11th in the Test rankings.
“However, I respect the fact that the lack of a national contract affects my selection chances.
"As a fast bowler, I know I have limited career span and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase."
Boult is fourth on the list of all-time New Zealand Test wicket-takers behind Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and his new ball partner Tim Southee.