Former Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath who has played 18 ODIs and 20 T20Is for Hong Kong between 2014 and 2018 will be representing Odisha in India’s upcoming domestic cricket season.
According to the reports, he has served a one-year cooling period and now he can be part of India’s domestic circuit as a local player. He scored 828 runs in ODIs including a century, seven fifties and also took 14 wickets. In T20Is, he hit 321 runs and took five wickets. He was Hong Kong’s captain during the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE where they came agonizingly close to beating India in a Group A match.
Rath hopes to represent Odisha in Ranji Trophy and harbors dream of playing Test cricket one day. He stated that he is grateful to Hong Kong Cricket for the opportunities but he wanted to push himself. Associate cricket has its limitation, the facilities, exposure and resources are limited. He has soon realised that he cannot achieve his goal of playing Test cricket by being in Hong Kong. That is why he has moved to India and playing in the country of his parents is also a matter of pride for him.
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