- Minor League Cricket Draft completed virtually on Friday, June 4 with seven separate regionalized drafts seeing teams select 16 player rosters
- 21 of the 27 Minor League teams drafted their rosters in regionalized drafts; the remaining 6 sides nominated their squads from exclusive zones
- All 16 player rosters are now subject to final approval from MiLC with some players still needing to prove residence and/or eligibility
Minor League Cricket is pleased to announce the initial 16 player rosters for all 27 teams for the inaugural season of Minor League Cricket (MiLC) in 2021. The Minor League Cricket Draft took place last Friday via video conference calls and was phased across 7 geographic zones. In total, more than 400 players have already been selected from the 2,000 players that were up for selection and they will be joined by a further 54 free agents to round out the full team rosters.
All 27 sides have selected an initial provisional 16-man roster with the players broken down into the following categories:
- 1 x Wildcard professional
- 2 x USA based professionals.
- 3 x Priority domestic players
- 3 x Youth players (2 x Under 21 & 1 x Under 19)
- 7 x Domestic players
Over the course of the coming weeks building up to the start of the MiLC season on Saturday, July 31, 2021, all 27 teams may also fill 2 x Free Agent positions. These positions can be selected by teams at any point up until halfway through the regular season and may come from the full list of players across the country. There are no geographic restrictions on Free Agents, but it is important to note that Free Agents must have registered and participated in the main draft to be eligible.
Minor League Cricket will need to formally approve all players named, as the roster listings for all 27 teams are subject to verification from MiLC to confirm all selected players fulfill the residence and/or eligibility requirements.
Many of the Team USA Men’s National Training Group have already been selected in these initial rosters, and the inaugural MiLC season will provide a crucial return to action for many of the best players across the United States. Minor League Cricket is the only nationwide tournament involving the best male players playing against each other at the best available facilities and forms a critical part of the evolving USA Cricket domestic cricket structure and pathway. The primary aim of the tournament is to give a platform and opportunity for the best cricketers in America to showcase their abilities at a national level, and a hugely exciting first season is in store for all 27 teams.
All 27 teams have now already begun preparations for the season’s matches with several beginning training together this week. MiLC and USA Cricket would like to congratulate all the teams on completing their initial selections and wish all of the selected players well as they begin the build-up to the historic first full season of Minor League Cricket.