Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Unmukt becomes the first Indian male cricketer to sign up for BBL. Chand had taken the decision earlier this year to retire from Indian cricket cricket to play in the United States
Chand had taken the decision earlier this year to retire from Indian cricket cricket to play in the United States
Unmukt Chand has become the first Indian male cricketer to sign up for the Big Bash League as he is set to feature in the Melbourne Renegades side in the upcoming edition.
Chand had taken the decision earlier this year to retire from Indian cricket in order to play in the United States. This in turn also allowed him to participate in other domestic leagues, including the BBL, as he was no longer contracted with the BCCI.
“It wasn't easy, to be very honest, the fact that I won't be playing for the country any more is something that is difficult to accept,” said Chand. “But I enjoying playing for the US, it's been getting better every day. And I can now play all the leagues around the world, that's a great opportunity for me personally.
“I've loved watching the Big Bash and players around the world coming in … it's a great platform and I always wanted to play there. I'm really looking forward in the coming years that I can make a name for myself and hopefully win championships for the teams I play for.
“I'm really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going. I've always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven't been to Melbourne before… I know there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it's going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well,” he added.
The 28-year-old, who led India to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2012, has represented India A, apart from featuring in teams like Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
“He brings a wealth of cricket experience. To have a player joining our team who has represented three IPL teams and led his country at ‘A' and Under 19 level is fantastic. As a batter, Unmukt is dynamic and can change games quickly. He has spent much of his career at the top of the order, but we believe he has the flexibility to fill a variety of roles as we need,” David Saker, the Renegades coach, said of Chand's inclusion.