Indian batsman Unmade Chand broke the hearts of his fans when he announced his retirement from Indian cricket, citing the “lack of enough opportunities”. Consequently, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and signed a three-year contract with Major League Cricket to support the development of the game in the United States of America (USA).
The 28-year-old also has a contract with the Silicon Valley Strikers for the 2021 season Minor League Cricket (MLC). On Saturday, he makes his debut for the Strikers against the Socal Lashings at Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in Morgan Hill, California.
“I am delighted to take the next step in my cricket career by being part of the long-term growth of American cricket and the launch of Major League Cricket,” Chand was told by MLC Network.
“I am excited to have the opportunity this weekend to play for the Strikers in Minor League Cricket and to grow the sport locally in the Bay Area, where I have already seen an impressive passion for cricket.”
Meanwhile, the American organizers of the T20 league were excited after signing Chand. They feel that his inclusion will play a big role in improving the quality of cricket in their country, and he can mentor the next generation of cricketers in the USA.
“Minor League Cricket is proud to announce that Unmukt Chand, captain of the Indian triumphant World Cup team in 19, in 2012, has signed for the Silicon Valley Strikers for the 2021 season. Chand appeared in the Indian Premier League and scored more than 4,500 runs in List A cricket. “Chand will make his Strikers debut against the Socal Lashings on Saturday, August 14 at Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in Morgan Hill, CA in a Toyota Minor League Cricket Championship hosted by SLING TV.” said the organizers in an official statement.