New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has opened up on his availability in the remaining 31 matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The 31-year-old has said that he will be looking forward to play in the competition if permitted later this year.
Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced that the remainder of the 14th edition of IPL will be played in UAE. Though the schedule of the marquee tournament has not been finalized yet, BCCI confirmed that it will take place in September-October before the T20 World Cup.
“Looks like it is moving forward to the UAE where it ran very nicely last year. So if I get the chance, I’ll be looking forward to finishing that campaign off nicely,” Trent Boult said in a recent virtual press conference.
While Boult is hopeful of playing in the second leg of IPL 2021, his participation will depend on New Zealand’s international calendar.
The Kiwis are expected to play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is against Pakistan in September in United Arab Emirates and the limited-overs series cannot be cancelled because it is a Future Tour Programme (FTP) commitment.
As far as IPL 2021 is concerned, Boult, who plays for the Mumbai Indians, picked up 8 wickets in 7 games at an economy rate of 8.46 before the tournament was suspended.