Former India U19 World Cup winner to play in Bangladesh Premier League; First Indian to do so
Former India Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand has joined the Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League. Chand was selected in the players’ draft held on Wednesday. In the process, he became the first Indian player to be signed for a BPL franchise. It is to be noted that the contracted cricketers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are not allowed to play in foreign leagues. However, that is not the case with Unmukt, who quit playing domestic cricket in India after deciding to sign a three-year deal with Major League Cricket (MLC) of USA in 2022.
Chand led India’s Under-19 team to title victory in the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in 2012. He scored a century in the final and was named player of the tournament. However, after early success, his international career did not take off as expected.
Since retiring from Indian cricket, Chand has also gone on to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. Since then he has been keen to play in T20 leagues across the world.
Chand was picked by the Challengers in the second round from the overseas players category for the Bangladesh Premier League season, which is set to begin on January 6.
Challengers owner Riftuzzaman told the media after the completion of the draft, “We have selected him (Chand) because we wanted to have an Indian in our team and also we can have a fan base in India.”
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Chattogram Challengers: Afif Hossain (Direct Local), Vishwa Fernando, Ashan Priyanjan, Curtis Campher (Direct Foreign), Mrityunjay Chowdhary, Shuvagata Hom, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Irfan Shukkur, Mehedi Maroof, Ziaur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Abu Zayed, Farhad Raza, Taufiq Khan Tushar, Maxwell Patrick O’Dowd and Unmukt Chand (from draft).
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