The United States of America is most probable to start its domestic cricket from August as countries across the globe start planning and executing relaxations during the Covid-19 pandemic outburst. According to certain reliable sources, America’s Minor League T20 franchise tournament could be held as early as August 22.
“Thats what the tentative plan is (22nd August). The team is trying to put the logistics together. If it is looking positive, then we would like to finalise 60 days prior, and prepare in full swing” said the source.
Like many other countries, the USA has also not been so vocal about its rapidly growing hotspots and coronavirus infected people in many of its different geographical locations. Cricket falls in the ‘no contact’ category sport and hence, has been permitted to restart in the second phase of the Re-open America guidelines set by several federal government.
With the opening edition of the competition fielding as many as 22 teams and with each one of them having their respective home grounds, it will require at least 22 cities to be in the second phase the re-opening guidelines for the Minor League to move ahead smoothly.
“Travel will definitely reduce. Ideally zero to minimal air travel until the knockouts (early October) which means keeping the same number of teams so they can play within a zone against each other and mostly drive and limit overnight stay to just a single night. Since the span of the tournament will be reduced from 9 weeks to 7 weeks, there might be also be a change in the maximum number of league games a team ends up playing” added the source.
After learning all of this, it also seems the organisers are all prepared to name some of the franchise team owners by end of June while the bidding for the players is tentatively to be scheduled around mid of July.
The US Minor League T20, which was originally scheduled on July 11, will build a base for the USA Cricket’s flagship money maker ‘Major Cricket League T20’, supposed to be held in the summers of 2021.
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