Fast bowler Trent Boult’s “flexi” contract with New Zealand Cricket has drawn criticism from Mike Hesson, who called it “untidy” and predicted that it will “open a can of worms.”

Boult terminated his contract:

Boult terminated his contract with New Zealand in August of last year in order to spend more time with his family and continue playing franchise cricket internationally. In the first season of Major League Cricket [MLC], which begins next month, he will play for MI New York after being a member of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2023.

The board granted the 33-year-old pacer a casual playing deal even though he wasn’t on the most recent NZC central contract list that was released last week. Something Hesson did not appreciate.

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Hesson’s statement:

If you want the IPL and two, three, or four other events as well, you probably can’t have it all, Hesson stated on Sky Sports.

“That’s a decision you have to make at the start of the year and I just think the flexi contracts just make it a bit untidy.”

It simply becomes very messy when you have 20 contracts, or however many are currently on that [NZC] list, plus an additional one [for Boult], and perhaps three further contracts the following year.

Boult, who last represented New Zealand at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

Hesson believes that as T20 leagues proliferate around the world, NZC will soon find itself in a position where it must offer various cricketers different contracts based on their individual situations.

It doesn’t under the present model. Everyone is aware of how you are scored in three different ways, add your points. And that gives you your score, and it has actually been effective for a while, according to Hesson.

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Trent’s statement:

Trent stated that although “this flexi contract” “might actually work well for New Zealand Cricket and might work really well for Trent,” it “opens up a whole can of worms.”

Craig McMillan, a former assistant coach for the national team and former New Zealand batter, too voiced his disgust with the circumstance.
“It seemed only a year ago Trent Boult was more than happy to make his decision to leave international cricket and take the riches of the T20 franchises around the world,” claims McMillan. “And you couldn’t bemoan him that.”
He was a tremendous servant and had a great career for New Zealand, but these days he almost charges by the mile.
It’s a challenging one. It doesn’t sit well with me, and I’m sure some of the other players in the setup who are working hard then have to move back, don’t like it either.