Anshuman Rath Wants To Play For India, Leaves Hong Kong
Here comes one of the surprising stories of the week. The flamboyant batsman from Hong Kong set to leave the country and wants to realise his dream of playing for the Indian National Cricket Team. In the latest development, he left Hong Kong and gave his name in the IPL 2020 drafts as a local uncapped played.
The 21-year old Anshuman Rath wants to play Test cricket but unfortunately, Hong Kong never attained the status. He was even offered a contract at Middlesex in 2017 but unfortunately, the rules denied him, as he is not the part of a regular cricket playing nation.
The stylish southpaw has previously played 18 one-day internationals and 20 T20s for Hongkong. He holds an Indian passport and will enter the IPL 2020 draft as a local uncapped player in an attempt to draw further attention to his undoubted talent.
I am proud to be represented for Hong Kong – Anshuman Rath
The Indian-origin cricketer Anshuman Rath, who captained the Hong Kong national cricket team has stepped down from his position and made himself unavailable for selection to instead play in the Indian first-class setup.
“In the first instance, however, this opportunity provides a chance to train and play full-time in a fully-professional system, with the added incentive down the line of potentially playing Test cricket,” he told Emerging Cricket.
“I will also be proud to have represented my birthplace, but I have to be completely honest with myself about the opportunities that are there for me both in earning capacity and playing experience with Hong Kong,” Rath continued.
The left-handed batsman, who also bowls left-arm bowling has scored 827 runs at an average of 51. And also, he registered one century and 7 fifties to his name thus being the vital player of the team. The flamboyant player also bagged 14 wickets to his name with a decent economy rate.