Canberra: Former India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand became the first Indian male cricketer to be signed by Australia’s Big Bash League. He is set to represent the Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades, the franchise confirmed on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Delhi cricketer retired from the Indian cricket team in August this year and has been playing for the league cricket in USA since.
Unmukt has never played at the senior international level but had played for India A and captained India Under-19 in the 2012 World Cup. He scored a century in the final against Australia that featured the likes of Travis Head and Ashton Turner.
Currently based in the United State, Unmukt will travel to Australia later this month and be available for the duration of the tournament.
“It’s great to have Unmukt on board and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do as a Renegade. He makes history as the first Indian player in the BBL, which is exciting for our club, our fans and the competition,” General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.