After turning into the primary Indian to play within the BBL, India’s Below-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand is about so as to add one other chapter to his journeyman profession when he strains up for Chattogram Challengers within the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) early subsequent yr.
Chand, now 29, was picked up on the draft in Dhaka on Wednesday, with the franchise eager on having an Indian participant to faucet into the fan base within the nation, based on franchise proprietor Rifatuzzaman.
Chand’s eligibility comes from having retired from all types of cricket underneath the BCCI’s ambit in September final yr. He at the moment performs league cricket within the USA in a bid to qualify for the nationwide staff, which may occur for the duration of 2024. Chand lives in San Francisco, and has additionally signed a multi-year cope with the USA’s Main League Cricket that’s set to kick off subsequent yr.
His maiden BBL stint final yr was removed from memorable: he managed to function in simply two matches, scoring 35 runs with a better of 29. As issues stand, Chand will not be returning to Melbourne Renegades this yr after making his BBL debut throughout the 2021-22 season.
As issues stand, his USA eligibility pathway rests on him being within the nation for ten months in a yr for 3 years. That includes within the BPL is unlikely to jeopardise his probabilities of qualifying to play for USA in 2024, because the match is about to run just for six weeks from January 5 to February 15. Nonetheless, taking over a subsequent T20 gig outdoors the USA may show difficult.
After his heroics on the Below-19 degree – he scored 111 not out within the 2012 closing towards Australia to win the Participant-of-the-Match award – Chand was marked for achievement on the larger degree too, however could not make the grade, by no means getting chosen for India’s senior aspect.
Chand, who represented Delhi in India’s home circuit, performed 67 first-class video games whereas scoring 3379 runs at a median of 31.57. He fared higher in Listing A cricket, the place he scored 4505 runs at a median of 41.33 in 120 matches. And earlier than leaving Indian cricket, he had 1565 runs at a median of twenty-two.35 and a strike fee of 116.09 in 77 T20s.
Within the IPL, he represented the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils – now Delhi Capitals – earlier than additionally taking part in for Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. He featured in 21 matches in all, scoring 300 runs in 20 innings with a highest of 58.