India’s star players, especially players who were part of the team that won the India Under-19 World Cup in 2012, continue to play for the US after retirement from Indian cricket. After Delhi all-rounder Manan Sharma, Unmukt Chand, who won the India Under-19 World Cup in 2012 and former Delhi batsman Milind Kumar, another name has been added to the episode. Harmeet Singh is the name of the part of the team that won the India Under-19 World Cup in 2012. Harmeet has retired from Indian cricket following the footsteps of his under-19 teammates and has now decided to play in the American Major Cricket League (MCL).
Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh has signed a three-year contract with the MCL and will now play for the Seattle Thunderbolts. Harmeet, who was part of the team that won the Under-19 World Cup, has said that she is being constantly ignored by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), so now she has decided to play in America. The 28-year-old Harmeet has played 31 first-class matches so far in India’s domestic career, scoring 733 runs at an average of 34.18 with 87 wickets.
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In an interview with the Times of India, Harmeet Singh said, ‘I retired in July because I did not play for my home team, Mumbai. I get good money to play cricket here, which gives me security. The level of cricket here is also very good. If you live in the US for 30 months in a row, you are eligible to play for the national cricket team here. I have completed 12 months, so now only 18 months left. I should be eligible to play international cricket for America by early 2023. By that time, I would be 30. This is the highest mark for a spinner.
Harmeet Singh: “Until 2017, I continued my dream of playing for Mumbai. Basically, in about a decade, I played only 9 games for Mumbai. I never got a chance to fail! I never had the chance to prove myself.” #Ranjitrophy # Cricket https://t.co/lQtlvvmP3x
– Rajesh Khilare (@cricrajeshhpk) August 23, 2021
Milind Kumar, Unmukt Chand, Samit Patel, Manan Sharma and Siddharth Trivedi are among the players who retired from Indian cricket to play cricket in the US. Milind Kumar is part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils. He has signed with minor league cricket in the US, where he represents the Philadelphians.
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Harmeet said Mumbai has never had a chance to play in domestic tournaments and has only played nine matches in the last decade. He said, ‘I made my way to Mumbai in 2009, but I didn’t get a full season to prove myself. Still until 2017 I was dreaming of playing for Mumbai. To be fair, in almost a decade, I had to play just nine matches for Mumbai. I didn’t even get a chance to fail! I was never allowed to prove myself.