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The 23-year-old is hoping to make a mark in the Ranji Trophy and be eligible to play in the IPL as a local player

Anshuman Rath, the former Hong Kong captain, is set to play for Odisha in India’s upcoming 2021-22 domestic season. Holder of an Indian passport, Rath has completed the mandatory year-long cooling-off period that makes him eligible to feature as a local player under BCCI’s ambit.

The 23-year-old left-hand top-order batter was earlier vying for a spot at Vidarbha. However, he was left out of their set-up altogether for the truncated 2020-21 season, and that is when talks began with Odisha, Rath’s state of birth.

“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 told ESPNcricinfo. “I can speak Oriya, I was born in Bhubaneswar, so in many ways this was a logical next step for me.”

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