Unmukt Chand becomes first Indian male cricketer to get Big Bash League contract
Unmukt Chand is the first Indian male cricketer to get a Big Bash League contract. He has been signed by Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming season. Chand retired from Indian cricket to look for opportunities in the United States. He was in exceptional touch during his time in America.
“It wasn’t easy, to be very honest, the fact that I won’t be playing for the country anymore is something that is difficult to accept,” said Chand. “But I enjoying playing for the US, it’s been getting better every day. And I can now play all the leagues around the world, that’s a great opportunity for me personally.
“I’ve loved watching the Big Bash and players around the world coming in … it’s a great platform and I always wanted to play there. I’m really looking forward in the coming years that I can make a name for myself and hopefully win championships for the teams I play for.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going. I’ve always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before… I know there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well,” he added.
Apart from leading India to a World Cup title in Under-19 cricket, he played for India A Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
“He brings a wealth of cricket experience. To have a player joining our team who has represented three IPL teams and led his country at ‘A’ and Under 19 level is fantastic. As a batter, Unmukt is dynamic and can change games quickly. He has spent much of his career at the top of the order, but we believe he has the flexibility to fill a variety of roles as we need,” David Saker, the Renegades coach, said of Chand’s inclusion.