Huge Bash League: Unmukt Chand becomes first Indian to sign BBL agreement, signs up with Melbourne Renegades
Previous U-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand is set to end up being the first Indian cricketer to play in Australia’s Huge Celebration League after he signed for Melbourne Renegades for the 2021-2022 season.
Chand, 28, had called time on his playing career in India earlier this year and is currently representing the U.S.A. group.
Chand, a former India A skipper, had never ever bet the Indian senior group however belonged to 3 IPL franchises– Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. He had a domestic profession spanning more than a decade, consisting of 67 top-notch matches.
“I’m very delighted, it’s terrific to be part of the Melbourne Renegades family,” said Chand, who led India to the U-19 Cricket World Cup triumph in 2012.
“I’ve constantly followed the Huge Bash and it’s an excellent chance for me to come and play some excellent cricket. I’m truly eagerly anticipating concerning Melbourne and to get going.
“I have actually always taken pleasure in playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before. I understand for a fact there are great deals of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds show up for video games too.”
Chand stated it’s a big chance for his career, which took a brand-new turn recently.
“I have actually always wished to play in leagues like these and it’s great that now I have this opportunity to be representing the Renegades in the Big Bash, so for me it’s big.
“I really look forward to contributing as much as I can on the field. I’ll offer it my finest shot.”
Chand burst on to the worldwide stage as a teen in the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia.
He was player of the match in the last, scoring an unbeaten 111 versus an Australian side featuring a host of now-BBL stars, consisting of the similarity Travis Head and Ashton Turner.
“We’re happy to have Unmukt joining the Renegades and see him being an important part of our group,” Renegades head coach David Saker stated.
“He brings a wealth of cricket experience. To have a gamer joining our group who has represented three IPL teams and led his nation at ‘A’ and Under 19 level is wonderful.
“As a batter, Unmukt is dynamic and can alter games rapidly. He has actually spent much of his profession at the top of the order, however our company believe he has the versatility to fill a variety of functions as we require.”
Chand is presently based in the United States. He will enter the competition high up on confidence, after being named gamer of the competition after his side Silicon Valley Strikers won the Minor League Cricket title last month.
He will travel to Australia later this month and be available for the whole period of the competition.
Chand will play under Australia limited-over skipper Aaron Finch’s captaincy in the group which will also include Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, James Pattinson amongst others.
Published at Thu, 04 Nov 2021 00:42:13 -0500