The Minor League Cricket Pathway Explained

March 31, 2022

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Minor League Cricket returns for a second season this summer, with the opening matches slated for June 25. The nationwide T20 championship’s primary focus is on providing a pathway for the best men’s cricket players in the country to develop towards playing in Major League Cricket and with the US National cricket team – enhancing the ability of hundreds of players to compete at elite levels of the game.

The most extensive competition in American cricket, Minor League Cricket’s ten weeks of play and more than 200 matches provide a semi-professional environment for teams to train and play competitive cricket, elevating the standard of play across the country.

Player registration is now open for the league, so today we will take a look at how team rosters are composed and what opportunities this provides for domestic cricketers across the country to develop their skills.

Minor League Cricket functions as a pathway to elite performance opportunities for American cricketers across the nation: 

  • MiLC provides more than 500 players with regular, high-intensity training and competition over an eight week  regular season, playing against and alongside the best cricketers in the country.
  • MiLC showcases player performance in this high-quality environment to national team selectors and professional team scouts, with all matches live streamed.
  • With four nationwide divisions featuring 27 teams across 21 cities, MiLC provides the only nationwide competition for players to participate coast-to-coast.

Minor League Cricket is structured to ensure that teams are constructed mainly for domestic player development purposes:

  • All teams are required to adhere to a number of player selection rules that ensure all teams have multiple developing young players on their rosters, with semi-professional players drawn from local catchment areas – aside from Wild Card and Free Agent selections, players should be selected from a team’s local draft zone.
  • The vast majority of players are domestic players available for USA Cricket national team selection now or in the near future.
  • Rosters can also include fully professional players who bring top class international experience to each squad, increasing the level of performance in training and matches to help develop domestic talent.
Player Category Quantity
U19 Player 1
U21 Player 2
Domestic Player 7
Priority Domestic Player 3
Marquee Player 2
Wildcard Player 1
Optional
Free Agent Player 2
2022 Retention
Retained Player Up to 3

All domestic players who wish to participate in the league can register for selection now for the 2022 MiLC draft. Final player regulations and draft procedures will be shared prior to the draft, scheduled for early May.