'I'll talk to the right people before making a decision' - Trent Boult unsure of participating in IPL 2020

‘I’ll talk to the right people before making a decision’ – Trent Boult unsure of participating in IPL 2020

After being traded by Delhi Capitals, Boult was set to don Mumbai Indians jersey in IPL 2020, along with his national teammate Mitchell McClenaghan.

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. (Photo: IANS)

The ICC, on Monday, announced the postponement of the T20 World Cup 2020, which was slated to start from October in Australia. The postponement of the mega-event was a piece of positive news for the BCCI, who is planning to host the IPL 2020 in that particular window.

According to recent reports, the Indian board is looking for a September-November window to host the much-awaited thirteenth edition of the IPL. The tournament was set to start from March 29 this year but it had to be postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. However, the BCCI is keen on shifting the T20 extravaganza to the UAE and stage the suspended IPL in the September-November window.

The BCCI is yet to announce a final decision as the franchises and broadcast partners Star have reservations about the new schedule. One more dilemma for the Indian board will be to accommodate Indian as well as overseas stars in a completely different country.

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who was snapped up by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2020, is still unsure about his participation in the tournament. He is still examining the current situation before taking any final call.

Things seem to be changing almost every week: Trent Boult

“I’ve heard lots of whispers that it happening in this or that window, that it’s happening in (New Zealand), things seem to be changing almost every week but it’s just one of those things that I will have to let unfold,” Boult was quoted as saying by tvnz.co.nz

Boult is one of the six Kiwi players who are associated with their respective IPL franchises. After being traded by Delhi Capitals, Boult was set to don Mumbai Indians jersey in IPL 2020, along with his national teammate Mitchell McClenaghan.

Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson are at the Kolkata Knight Riders while Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner are associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings respectively. Trent Boult also said that he’ll take with a few people before taking a final decision over his participation in this year’s IPL. According to the pacer, only time will tell whether he’ll brace the cash-rich league.

“I’ll talk to the right people and then make that decision on what’s best for me, best for my cricket and obviously what’s best for my young family…there’s obviously a couple of other New Zealanders involved in that tournament – but it’s just going to have to be one of those ‘time will tell’ kind of things,” said Boult, who has donned the New Zealand jersey in 67 Tests, 90 ODIs and 27 T20Is.

“I want to be out there playing and doing the things that I know how to do …but it still looks like it’s going to be a wee while before crowds are screaming at us and being right behind us but I can’t wait as it’s been a long time between overs – no-one wants to be stuck inside a tent in the middle of winter training,” he added.