From Hong Kong To Odisha, Cricketer Anshuman Rath Makes U-Turn

Former captain of the Hong Kong cricket team, Anshuman Rath, has decided to represent Odisha in India’s upcoming domestic season. Born in Bhubaneswar, Rath moved to Hong Kong at a very early age and attended the West Island School. The 23-year-old all-rounder made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Hong Kong in 2014. He went on to feature in 18 ODIs and 20 T20 matches for the country between 2014 and 2018.

However, he has now chosen to test his cricketing skills in India and represent the country of his birth. Having served a one-year cooling-off period, Rath is now eligible to play in India’s domestic circuit as a local player.

“I had served a year’s cooling-off period, played club cricket in Nagpur and hoped to be picked for Vidarbha. But when things didn’t happen, I had to look for a new opportunity, and that is when Odisha happened,” Rath said to the media.

“I can speak Odia, I was born in Bhubaneswar, so in many ways, this was a logical next step for me,” he added.

He also praised the love and support received from fellow cricketers and the Cricket Association. “The Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has been warm and players are very friendly. I am looking forward to representing Odisha this year”.

Notably, Rath was Hong Kong’s captain during the 2018 Asia Cup where they gave India a tough fight in the league stages.

Rath’s desire to play test cricket and challenge himself pushed him to make the switch and come back home.

“I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, I think in Hong Kong I was very comfortable. I really wanted to play in a challenging environment that is very professional and what better place than India for that,” he said.

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