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13 Aug 2021
Former India U19 captain Unmukt Chand, who has announced retirement from Indian cricket will now be a part of Minor League Cricket (MLC) in the USA. The right-handed batsman will play for Silicon Valley Strikers for the 2021 season.
“I’m 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,” said Chand.
Chand, who led India U19 to a World Cup win back in 2012 further added that he was excited to play for the Strikers.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play for the Strikers in Minor League Cricket starting this weekend and help grow the sport locally in the Bay Area, where I have already seen impressive passion for the game of cricket,” he added.
The right-hander announced his retirement in a social media post. “Cricket is a universal game and even though the means might change, the end goal is still the same- to play at the highest level. Also, a huge thanks to all my supporters and well-wishers for always carrying me in their heart. There is no better feeling than being loved and appreciated for who you are,” he wrote.
The Toyota Minor League Cricket Championship was launched this summer and is a national T20 tournament which will see 27 city-based teams from across the United States battling it out. The tournament will have more than 200 matches taking place at 26 venues and will feature over 400 players.