WI vs NZ: West Indies will face New Zealand in the first T20I on Thursday, August 11. Moreover, the game will be played at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
West Indies are coming into this fixture after facing India in a three match ODI series and a five match T20 series. They lost the ODI series against India by 3-0.
India also managed to successfully win the five match T20I series against West Indies recently. They bagged a staunch 4-1 victory which showed how prepared they are for the crucial T20 World Cup later this year.
New Zealand are coming into this fixture after winning against the Netherlands in the two match T20 series. They went on to win both the T20Is to win the series by a margin of 2-0 against the Netherlands.
Shimron Hetmyer was the lone fighter for West Indies in the fifth T20I against India. He scored 56 runs from 35 balls with a strike rate of 160.00.
Mitchell Santner won the man of the match award against Netherlands in the second match. He scored 77 runs from 42 balls with a strike rate of 183.33.
WI vs NZ: Trent Boult shocks by quitting NZ central contract, cricket board agrees to part ways
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult shocked everyone in the cricketing fraternity after quitting the central contract from New Zealand cricket. The New Zealand cricket board obliged by removing Trent Boult.
The New Zealand international gave the reasoning of spending time with his family for such a decision. He also wants to focus more on the aspect of domestic cricket leagues.
Trent Boult said, “This has been a really tough decision for me and I’d like to thank NZC for their support in getting to this point. Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I’m so proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with the Black Caps over the past 12 years.
Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys. Family has always been the biggest motivator for me and I feel comfortable with putting it first and preparing ourselves for life after cricket.
I still have a big desire to represent my country and feel I have the skills to deliver at international level. Having said that, as a fast bowler I know I have a limited career span, and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase.”