Trent Boult has signed with the Mumbai Indians of the UAE League. The New Zealand pacer, who recently resigned his core contract with the NZC, has joined the MI Emirates squad in the ILT20. He is one of 14 players signed by the team.
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and Nicholas Pooran are among the 14 players authorized to sign directly with the league’s organizers for the first season, which will take place in January-February.
Boult’s decision to terminate his national contract has made worldwide headlines, although the move was well anticipated inside the IPL and the franchise circles of the other leagues. While resigning, the New Zealander said that he is prioritizing his family and children above his international duties and hinted at participation in T20 leagues throughout the globe.
Imran Tahir, a South African of Pakistani heritage, has decided to play in the UAE league rather than the CSA league, which will be conducted concurrently with the UAE league. Tahir (43) has represented South Africa in 20 Tests, 107 One-Day Internationals, and 38 Twenty20 Internationals.
Each side is allowed to recruit 12 internationals and two associate players, with four UAE players rounding out the 18-man roster. Following the Twenty20 World Cup, the UAE players will be auctioned off. The signup deadline had just passed.