Unmukt Chand, the former India U19 World Cup captain, has withdrawn from Indian cricket to pursue a future in the sport in the United States of America. While his ultimate goal is to play in the Major League Cricket, which has been postponed until 2023, he is now playing in the Minor League Cricket, which has weekend matches.
While he didn’t have the best start to his career in the United States, bowled for a duck, the Silicon Valley Strikers opener reached his first half-century in the tournament and celebrated with a six. Unmukt Chand handled the anchor role to perfection in chasing 132 for victory, facing 57 balls for his undefeated 56 and ensuring his side won the match with seven balls to spare. The video of the shot that he played to his half-century is trending online.
Here’s the video:
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Unmukt also revealed in a recent interview that he will strive to stay in the United States for ten months each year to complete his residency tenure. This is because he can only play international cricket for the United States if he meets those requirements.
“Yes, that’s something I can do.” It’s just a matter of time; according to ICC rules, you must spend 10 months in a year in order to qualify for the country. As a result, for the next three years, I was able to spend ten months each year in the United States. After that, I’m eligible to play for my nation, and I’m free to do anything I want.
Then I can play in as many leagues as I want, but I can only be out of the nation for two months per year for the next three years. As a result, I’ll have to pick my leagues based on where I want to play,” Unmukt told Sportskeeda.
Unmukt can play in any league except the Indian Premier League during the two-month span. This is because, according to BCCI rules, an Indian player cannot play domestic cricket or the IPL if he has previously played in foreign competitions.
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