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Unmukt Chand set to play for Melbourne Renegades in BBL

Chand is looking forward to play in front of Indian crowds in the BBL

Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unmukt Chand is set to become the first Indian male cricketer to participate in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). The former India Under-19 captain has been roped in by Melbourne Renegades. Chand, who quit his India career in August to pursue his cricketing ambitions in the USA, will bring in a vast amount of experience in the BBL.

Chand took to Twitter to reveal the news and said he is ecstatic to join the franchise. “I’m very excited, it’s great to be part of the Melbourne Renegades family,” Chand said.

“I’ve always followed the Big Bash and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play some good cricket. I’m really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going.”

Chand came to the limelight when he led India to their third U-19 World Cup title in 2012 in Australia. He scored a memorable ton in the final and led the team to a win over Australia. The 28-year-old said it’s a big opportunity for him and he is keen to make that count.

“I’ve always wanted to play in leagues like these and it’s great that now I have this opportunity to be representing the Renegades in the Big Bash, so for me, it’s big. I look forward to contributing as much as I can to the field. I’ll give it my best shot.”

Apart from Chand, several Indian women cricketers have been part of the BBL. Harmanpreet Kaur was the first Indian to play in the T20 league for Sydney Thunder in 2016.

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