Former India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand has denied that he is looking to continue his career in the USA, as was suggested by Sami Aslam.
Former Team India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand was recently linked with an opportunity to represent USA cricket. This information grabbed the limelight, following a few remarks by former Pakistan batsman Sami Aslam in an interview. Aslam termed Chand as one of the Indians who was interested in representing USA, along with Harmeet Singh and Smit Patel. However, the Indian cricketer has rubbished reports of him being interested in continuing his career in the USA, during an interaction with the Indian Express.
“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,” said Chand in an interaction with the Indian media portal.
“This trip is nothing but a leisure tour,” he added.
The 28-year-old Chand was recently picked in the Delhi limited-overs side earlier this year, sparking speculation over a possible comeback into the limelight. Chand was considered the next Virat Kohli at one stage, having impressed one and all with his extraordinary performances.
The BCCI does not permit any Indian player to play any sort of franchise cricket outside India before announcing their retirement.
“30 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. 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,” said Aslam as quoted by the Pakistan-based media portal Pakpassion.net.
“There are trainers and good coaches also out here, some of whom have previously worked in the Indian Premier League. J Arunkumar is the USA Head Coach and he was formerly the Kings XI Punjab’s batting coach in the 2017 IPL season. He has also coached in the Ranji Trophy and he’s an excellent coach,” he concluded.