A new era in American cricket launches in Houston on Sunday, March 19, when six teams set to compete in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket this summer will select their rosters for the historic competition. Space Center Houston, the official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, will provide an iconic venue and backdrop for the league’s first-ever draft. Teams representing Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. will form squads to be composed of 18 players, with a maximum of seven internationals on each roster.
The draft will follow the MLC Domestic Player Combine, due to be held at the MLC National Cricket Center at Prairie View Cricket Complex (PVCC) near Houston from March 4-16. This event will feature more than 50 of the leading domestic cricketers in the United States undertaking a series of training sessions, match simulations and practice matches under the watchful eye of coaches and scouts from the six incoming MLC franchises. Additionally, an invitation has been extended to USA Cricket to integrate the MLC Domestic Player Combine as part of their preparation for the upcoming 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off. This invitation includes access to training facilities, practice matches against competitive opposition and the use of specialist resources ahead of this important global event.
The camp will provide invaluable insight into America’s elite domestic players for the six MLC teams sending scouts to the event, with the opportunity for players drafted to play alongside some of the top stars in the world in the groundbreaking competition scheduled for July 13-30, 2023. Players who have previously participated in Minor League Cricket, America’s leading domestic T20 competition for the past two years, will be automatically eligible for selection in the draft. Other qualified domestic players may contact email@example.com for further information on registration and eligibility.
Fans will be able to follow the draft live via a special show to be broadcast on the MLC Network YouTube channel, with further details around this event to be shared soon. The full playing regulations and draft procedure will also be announced later, with a select number of overseas player signings to be revealed prior to the event.
“Major League Cricket will feature many of the best T20 players from around the world in its inaugural season playing alongside the strongest domestic talent in the United States. The MLC draft will set the teams in place for what will be a summer of thrilling T20 competition to be played at a level never before seen in the United States,” said Justin Geale, Tournament Director, Major League Cricket. “We’re excited to see the teams take flight following the draft event on March 19th at Space Center Houston.”
The league’s historic opening match will take place on July 13, 2023, at the newly-constructed Major League Cricket venue, Grand Prairie Stadium, in Grand Prairie, TX. The 2023 season will feature 19 matches to be played over 18 days, building up to the first-ever MLC championship final to take place on July 30, 2023. More information on the MLC schedule and broadcast details will be announced later.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE CRICKET
Major League Cricket will be the first professional Twenty20 cricket championship in the United States, launching in the summer of 2023. Exclusively sanctioned by USA Cricket, Major League Cricket will feature top players from around the globe while also providing an opportunity for domestic cricketers to showcase their talents to a global audience, bringing world-class T20 cricket to America for the first time. For more information, visit www.majorleaguecricket.com and follow MLC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MLCricket
ABOUT SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
Space Center Houston’s shared purpose is to bring people and space closer together. Over 1.1 million visitors and more than 250,000 students and educators visit each year to connect with the significance of space exploration to pursue a path in STEM or follow along as incredible feats of human spaceflight continue to make new discoveries. Space Center Houston is owned by the Manned Space Flight Education 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and generates an annual $118M economic impact to the Greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. Learn more at spacecenter.org.