Former Indian Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand has revealed that he will be able to play for the USA national team on certain criteria after announcing his retirement from Indian cricket. It was a shocker a few days back when the young and talented opener opted to move on from the game in the country.
The Delhi lad was one of the heroes of the U-19 World Cup for India in 2012 and he was one of those players that had so much expectation from the Indian domestic heads. He was close to being selected for the Indian squad 2013 Champions Trophy and the 2014 T20 Worldcup. It is very unfortunate that he had to chose to move to the USA
Unmukt Chand Sighs Playing For The USA National Team
Unmukt Chand mentioned that he has the option of playing for the USA National team and explained the ICC rules that will allow him to do so. He told that spending 10 months in every year in US for the next three months would qualify him for playing the nation.
“Yes, I can opt for that. It’s only the timeframe, you know ICC rules, you have to spend 10 months in a year to qualify for the country. So I got to spend 10 months every year in the US, for the next three years. After that I qualify to play for the country, and I am all free,” Unmukt Chand said.
“I Have To Choose My Leagues Wherever I Want” – Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand also noted that he will be eligible to play a lot of leagues except the India premier League after retiring from Indian cricket and added that he will have the privilege of two months as a break for one year. He also wanted to list down the leagues he wanted to play.
“Then I can play as many leagues as possible, but for next three years, I can be out of the country for just two months every year. So that means I have to choose my leagues wherever I want to play,” Unmukt told Sportskeeda.
Unmukt Chand had to sit out on a bench in the previous season for Delhi and he couldn’t bear the fact that a top-quality batsman like him had to give way for new faces.