Unmukt Chand, India U-19 World Cup-winning captain has rejected reports he’s exploring to continue his cricket career in the USA, a claim made by former Pakistan cricketer Sami Aslam recently.
According to Sami Aslam, several Indian cricketers including Unmukt Chand and his India U-19 teammates Smit Patel and Harmeet Singh have arrived in the USA to play in its T20 league.
Unmukt Chand Had Gone To USA To Visit His Relatives And Attended The Training Sessions To Practice
However, Unmukt Chand said he did travel to the USA but it was a ‘leisure’ trip. He though admitted to having gone for a few practice sessions.
“I had gone to the USA to visit my relatives, and of course when there, I went for a bat or two — just to practice. I had gone to the training session just because I had come here, but I have done nothing like signing anything in the USA,” Unmukt Chand told Indianexpress.com.
“This trip is nothing but a leisure tour,” he added.
Smit Patel and Harmeet Singh though are part of official Major League Cricket practice games. Sami Aslam, who played 13 Tests and 4 ODIs before quitting Pakistan cricket, recently opened up on his move to the US and claimed that he has received calls from 100 of Pakistan’s first-class players who want to come there.
Further, the opening batsman also claimed that former India U-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand has also arrived in the US. Unmukt Chand, who also captained India A for a long time, had led the junior team to the title victory in the 2012 World Cup.
He has played IPL for Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, and Mumbai Indians. Sami Aslam also claimed that Smit Patel and Harmeet Singh have also arrived in the US. The trio were teammates at the 2012 U-19 World Cup.
Sami Aslam: 30 Or 40 Foreign Players Have Arrived In America Including Corey Anderson Of New Zealand
Sami Aslam, 25, quit Pakistan cricket in December 2020 to move to the USA and reboot his cricket career. In an interview with Pakpassion.net, he claimed that 30 or 40 foreign players have arrived in the country from various parts of the world to explore career opportunities.
“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,” Aslam was quoted as saying.
“There are many players from South Africa over here now who have played a lot of First-class cricket in their homeland. Former New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is also here. The set-up and system are very impressive and well structured. USA Cricket is really putting in a huge effort to improve cricket in America and to move it forward. It will take time for them to reach the higher levels, but the standard of cricket in America is improving fast.”
BCCI though doesn’t allow for the participation of Indian cricketers in foreign leagues unless they officially announce retirements from all forms of cricket.
Corey Anderson has played as an all-rounder for New Zealand in international cricket, as well as Lahore Qalanders in the PSL, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, and Northern Districts in New Zealand first-class cricket. After retiring from the New Zealand team in 2020 playing 13 Test, 49 ODIs, and 31 T20Is, he announced his intention to play for the USA Cricket Team in 2022.
On 1 January 2014, Corey Anderson shot to fame by scoring the then fastest century in the history of One Day International cricket. Playing against West Indies, he reached his hundred in just 36 balls.