Unmukt Chand, the 2012 U-19 World Cup winning captain, has signed a multi-year contract with Silicon Valley Strikers for the upcoming 2021 season of the Minor League Cricket (MLC) in the USA.
The announcement comes just after a day he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in India.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Chand, who was is USA since April, had said that he is now ‘ready to take the leap of faith and enter into a new territory and contribute my best’.
Chand will now make his MLC debut for the Strikers against the Socal Lashings at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in a Minor League Cricket Championship match on Saturday.
“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. 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,” said Chand in a statement..
The MLC, sponsored by Toyota, is a national T20 competition for 27 city-based teams from all over USA. It was launched earlier this year.