|Full name||Nico Boje|
20 March 1973 |
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Relations||EHL Boje (brother)|
|Domestic team information|
|2007–||Northamptonshire (squad no. 17)|
Source: CricketArchive, 28 December 2012
Nico "Nicky" Boje (// boy-YAY; born 20 March 1973) is a former South African cricketer who played in 43 Tests and 115 One Day Internationals for South Africa, and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein. He is currently coaching the Knights cricket team in the Free State, South Africa. His brother, Eduard Boje, also played first-class cricket.
Boje joined English side Northamptonshire CCC for the last few weeks of the 2007 season as a replacement overseas player for Johan Van der Wath. A few days later it was announced that he would be joining the breakaway Indian Cricket League. In 2008, the captain of Northamptonshire, David Sales, resigned and Boje took over the role as captain for Northamptonshire. In that season, he scored his highest ever First class cricket score of 226*. He signed a new one-year contract on 3 September 2009 which will see him lead the club through the 2010 season.
Boje's international career began in 1995 against Zimbabwe, and although he was in and out of the team due to injuries he established himself as South Africa's first choice spin bowler. Due to the amount of all-rounders in the South African team, Boje usually batted at eight or nine in the batting order, despite a first class batting average of 32 and both Test and ODI averages around 26, which was the highest for a regular number nine in Test cricket in the 2000s. However, despite the reasonably high average he never hit a Test century, although did make two ODI centuries against New Zealand in 2000–01.And also in that 6 match ODI series,he amassed 355 runs in 6 innings and broke the record for scoring the most number of runs in a 6 match bilateral ODI series
In December 2006, Boje announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately. He finished his career with exactly 100 Test wickets, the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene in his final Test brought up his milestone.