Trent Boult looking forward to IPL 2021: The fast bowler from New Zealand is keen to take part in the remainder of IPL 2021.
New Zealand and Mumbai Indians fast bowler Trent Boult is “grateful” for his involvement in the truncated 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
In seven matches for the defending champions this season, Boult had picked eight wickets at an average of 27.87, an economy rate of 8.46 and a strike rate of 19.75.
“I suppose things obviously escalated pretty quickly over there. I made the decision to come home and get a bit of time with family. Very grateful in the first place to be involved in the IPL to get an opportunity to play on that stage.
“What happened was very unfortunate, I’m glad that I got out safely and can move forward now,” Boult said in a virtual press conference before leaving for England.
Trent Boult looking forward to IPL 2021 Phase 2 in the UAE
With the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) confirming that the remainder of IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE, there have been reports of overseas players opting out of the tournament due to various reasons.
Assuming that the second phase of IPL 2021 will be played in September-October, it will take place right before the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. In such a situation, overseas board would want their players to be in the best shape physically and mentally for the world event.
At this point in time, Cricket Australia are yet to discuss the matter with their players. While England Cricket Board have hinted at not making their players available for IPL 2021, Bangladesh Cricket Board also believes that issuing NOCs to players for IPL 2021 will be “almost impossible“.
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Boult, on the other hand, revealed that he is looking forward to the cash-rich league. It is worth mentioning that New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh is likely to clash with IPL 2021 later this year.
“It was differently different to play half of the tournament. Looks like it is moving forward to the UAE, it was held very nicely last year there. If I’ll get a chance, I’ll be looking forward to finish that campaign off myself,” Boult said.