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Major League Cricket set to host inaugural draft on March 19

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Last updated on 08 Feb 2023 | 07:15 AM
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Major League Cricket set to host inaugural draft on March 19

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

A new era in American cricket set to begin on March 19 in Houston when six teams set to compete in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket this summer. Space Center Houston, located at the NASA Johnson Space Center, will host the league’s first-ever draft with teams representing Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C will gather to form their squads. Every squad will have 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. 

“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. 

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