Nicky Boje

Country: South Africa
Born: March 20, 1973, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Nicky Boje Bio

Nico Boje, born on 20 March 1973 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, is a former professional cricketer who represented both South Africa and the Eagles at domestic level. Boje was a dynamic all-rounder known for his left-arm spin bowling and his ability to contribute with the bat in the middle-order. Hailing from a family with a strong sporting background, Boje’s talents were nurtured from a young age, giving him a solid foundation for his cricket career.

Boje’s cricketing journey started during his school days when he was selected to captain the South Africa Schools team. He showcased his skills as a middle-order batsman, impressing both his teammates and selectors. However, it was on the bowling front that Boje truly stood out. Initially opening the bowling for his school, he later transitioned into a left-arm spin bowler due to his exceptional ability to generate turn.

Boje’s dedication and hard work paid off when he was selected to represent his country at the international level. Despite being a valuable asset in both batting and bowling, Boje mainly made his mark as a spinner. He constantly worked on enhancing his bowling skills and eventually established himself as South Africa’s number one spin option in the Test format during the 2000-01 season.

However, Boje faced competition from other spinners in the national squad and occasionally lost his place in the team. Despite these challenges, he continued to make significant contributions to the side. In the final Test of the New Zealand tour in 2003-04, Boje’s exceptional eight-wicket haul helped South Africa secure a series-levelling victory.

Unfortunately, Boje’s cricketing career was marred by controversy when he became entangled in the infamous Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal in 2000. The fallout from the scandal led Boje to refuse tours to India in subsequent years. Nevertheless, he managed to make a comeback to the national squad for the series against India in 2006.

In a surprising turn of events, Boje announced his retirement from international cricket after the India series in order to focus on his domestic career with the Eagles. Subsequently, he played in the “rebel” Indian Cricket League (ICL) and captained Northamptonshire in England. Although his tenure as captain had a slow start, he handed over the reins to Andrew Hall and continued to contribute with his skills and experience.

Off the field, Boje embraced his adventurous side, preferring to explore local sites and immerse himself in different cultures rather than confining himself to hotel rooms. He had a strong curiosity for the world around him, often seeking out unique experiences during his cricket tours.

Nico Boje remains an icon of South African cricket, known for his all-round abilities and resilience on the field. His contributions to the sport, both at the international and domestic level, have left an indelible mark on the cricketing fraternity.

Nicky Boje Career Stats

Nicky Boje Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 43 62 10 1312 85 25.23 2715 48.32 0 4 184 6 18 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
ODIs 115 71 18 1414 129 26.67 1594 88.7 2 4 135 13 33 0
FC 216 322 58 9087 226* 34.42 - - 8 56 - - 126 0
List A 321 234 55 4423 129 24.7 - - 2 17 - - 95 0
T20s 99 68 26 937 58* 22.3 783 119.66 0 3 95 9 35 0

Nicky Boje Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 43 72 8620 4265 100 5/62 8/134 42.65 2.96 86.2 9 3 0
T20Is 1 1 24 27 1 1/27 1/27 27 6.75 24 0 0 0
ODIs 115 108 4541 3415 96 5/21 5/21 35.57 4.51 47.3 2 1 0
FC 216 - 43134 19132 585 8/93 - 32.7 2.66 73.7 - 22 2
List A 321 - 13490 9870 305 5/21 5/21 32.36 4.38 44.2 9 1 0
T20s 99 94 1920 2166 89 3/10 3/10 24.33 6.76 21.5 0 0 0

See more South Africa cricketers