Anshuman Rath quits Hong Kong to play for India
Anshuman Rath has decided to part ways with Hong Kong in order to dream for a move to India and play for the national team.
The 21-year old has an Indian passport and he will also be available in the upcoming draft of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a local player. He will now move to Nagpur and has been in talks with the VCA and will be available for selection for India’s domestic matches after the cooling off period on one year.
Hong Kong finished last in the recent World Cricket League Division 2 and were relegated to the Cricket World Cup Challenge Leagues. Rath, who was the top-scorer for the team decided to quit after Hong Kong lost their ODI status.
Rath averages 51.75 from 15 ODIs and in his 9 first-class innings he has managed 391 runs at over 65 apiece.
He told to Emerging Cricket: “I would like to thank Cricket Hong Kong for everything that they have done for me over the years. It has been a very enjoyable ride with them since the age of 12 but I believe it is time to move on. I wish the players and support staff all the best and I will be keeping a close eye on their future endeavours.”
When asked if he dreams to play for the Indian national team, he said: “That is the end goal yes, absolutely”
Rath also put 174 runs stand with Nizakat Khan against India in Asia Cup 2018 when they were chasing 285 and almost pulled off a shocking victory against the men in blue.