India’s homegrown cricketers are moving to the United States of America (USA) to play cricket due to a lack of opportunities.
Harmeet Singh, a left-arm spinner, has taken this action further down the line. The Major Cricket League (MCL) has signed him to a three-year contract with the Seattle Thunderbolt.
The World Cup-winning Under-19 team of 2012 was led by Harmeet Singh under Unmukt Chand. It turns out that his then captain has given up on his fantasy of playing for India and is now playing in the MCL in the USA.
Harmeet has taken 87 wickets and scored 733 runs in 31 top-notch games.
“I retired (in July) because I wasn’t getting to play for Mumbai, which is my home team. I’m getting good money to play cricket here, which gives me a sense of security. The level of cricket is good too,” said Harmeet to Times of India.
“If you stay in the US for 30 consecutive months, you qualify to play for the US national cricket team. I’ve completed 12 months, so 18 are left. By the beginning of 2023, I should be eligible to play international cricket for the US. By then, I would be 30. For a spinner, that’s prime-age,” further said by him.
“I made my debut for Mumbai back in 2009 but never got one full season to prove myself. Still, till 2017, I kept pursuing my dream to play for Mumbai. Basically, in almost a decade, I got to play just nine games for Mumbai. I didn’t even get an opportunity to fail! I was never given a chance to prove myself,” he concluded.