America’s T20 tournament, Minor Cricket League (MLC) 2021, the inaugural edition of the tournament is all set to roll out from July 31.
A total of 27 city-based teams from across the United States will be participating in the league that will run for more than 200 games across a 10 week period. Matches will be held across 26 venues. The league will provide a pathway for spreading the popularity of cricket in the USA.
Some of the prominent players with the likes of Narsingh Deonarine (WI), Chanderpaul Hemraj (WI), Shaun Findlay (WI), Najaf Shah (Pakistan), Nikhil Dutta (Canada), and Saad Zafar (Canada), will feature in the competition.
Its concept is similar to that of the other T20 leagues, including the Indian Premier League and aims to bring to the fore and help talented players to show their talent in America. It would be a great opportunity for American cricket fans to enjoy the game first-hand.
Teams representing the regions, namely, Northern California, Southern California, South Central, North Central, Florida, South East, Lower Northeast will be squaring off in the T20 competition. Some of Minor League Cricket teams are named Chicago Blasters, Seattle Thunderbolts, Golden State Grizzlies, Silicon Valley Strikers, Hollywood Master Blasters, St. Louis Americans, Houston Hurricane, Austin Athletics, Irving Mustangs, Bay Blazers and Michigan Cricket Stars.
The tournament was set to take place last year with 24 teams, however, it had to be postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The matches of the league and even the playoff matches will be live-streamed on YouTube.
About Minor Cricket League: Minor Cricket League is the first semi-professional Twenty20 cricket competition in America. American Cricket Enterprise (ACE) with an exclusive strategic partnership with the US Cricket Board in 2019, launched the Minor League Cricket (MLC) last year, with an investment commitment of over $1 billion dollars. The goal is to transform the cricket experience for over 20 million local fans in America and increase the popularity of the game and skyrocket the level of Cricket America. Along with Minor League Cricket, Major Cricket League, Major League Academies and multiple other cricketing events have been launched for the purpose.