Unmukt Chand eyeing new innings in USA following retirement from Indian cricket
Unmukt Chand is an ICC U-19 World Cup winner, but the lack of opportunities in India led him to retire from Indian cricket. Meanwhile, it looks like he is set for a new innings in the United States of America.
Indian batsman Unmukt Chand broke the heart of his Indian fans as he announced his retirement from Indian cricket, citing the lack of enough opportunities. Consequently, he would now begin his innings in a different country.
Meanwhile, according to ESPNCricinfo, he is all set to pursue a cricketing career in the United States of America, following the footsteps of his U-19 teammate Smit Patel. The 28-year-old said that it was indeed a tough call to make, to not play in his nation, but had to do it considering the crucial phase of his career.
He said that while the past few years were challenging for him, he never gave up on playing the sport. Not getting enough opportunities compelled him to think otherwise, while he would always cherish the fond memories he created by playing in India.
Speaking on his dream to play for Team India, he ruled that he did want to don the blue jersey, especially after impacting the U-19 team and India A. However, he admitted that cricket in the USA is not too different from India, and he does not feel that he is away from home. He also said that plenty of Indians in the USA play the sport, and the craze is picking up fast, a thing that he has realised in the past couple of months.
As of now, Chand is scheduled to play in Bay Area's Minor Cricket League, where he would represent Silicon Valley Strikers and would be making his debut on Saturday against Socal Lashings. The National T20 competition of the Minor Cricket League is also slated to begin soon, which Chand is set to take part in.
Meanwhile, he continues to have an IPL clause that would not allow him to participate in any professional cricket event for the next three years. However, he is already tipped for success in the USA, and it might not be long when he features for the USA national team in a major competition.
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