Former Indian U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand rubbished all the rumours of playing in USA’s Major League Cricket on Sunday. The Under-19 World Cup winning skipper also went on to deny of him making his cricketing career in USA.
During his interview with a former Pakistani cricketer Sami Aslam, Unmukt Chand cleared rumors on his participation in the Major Cricket League. Chand responded by stating that he had just gone to the USA for a leisure trip.
“I had gone to the USA to visit my relatives, and of course when there, I went for a bat or two — just to practise. I had gone to the training session just because I had come here, but I have done nothing like signing anything in the USA,” he told indian.express.com.
“This trip is nothing but a leisure tour,” Chand added.
As per the protocols of the BCCI, any Indian player can participate in overseas competitive cricket only after announcing retirement. Players like Irrfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh played in overseas leagues only after their retirement. Spin maestro Harbhajan Singh was among the Indian players to be drafted in The Hundred. However, he had to withdraw his name from the tournament since he hasn’t officially announced his retirement.
Pakistan’s Sami Aslam’s case was a bit hard-going as he didn’t get the opportunity to play for Pakistan’s national team. Instead, he fled America to play in their newly formed tournament Major League Cricket.
“30 or 40 foreign players have arrived in America recently. A few former Under-19 Indian players have also arrived, including Unmukt Chand, Smit Patel and Harmeet Singh,” Sami Aslam said.
Other cricketers like Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, and Smit Patel will also play in the Major League Cricket. However, Chand denied all the rumors and stated he would still compete in the Indian domestic cricket for now.
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