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ICC grants List-A status to Major League Cricket in US before T20 World Cup

PTI | , San Francisco
May 28, 2024 09:21 PM IST

The ICC has granted official List-A status to Major League Cricket matches in the US in only its second season.

The ICC has granted official List-A status to Major League Cricket matches in the US in only its second season, a move aimed at promoting the game in one of the biggest sports markets. The International Cricket Council's decision comes a week before MLC commences its second season and less than a week before the Americas host cricket's showpiece event, the T20 World Cup.

A general view shows the Nassau county International Cricket Stadium for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Eisenhower Park (AFP)
A general view shows the Nassau county International Cricket Stadium for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Eisenhower Park (AFP)

The ICC's move makes MLC as the official T20 league and America's first world-class domestic tournament. "Now, every century, half-century, 'five-for', run-out, win, loss, and championship will be documented as official career statistics in an internationally recognised format of the game," said MLC in a statement.

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The official status to MLC means it will provide local US players and upcoming stars of the game the opportunity for international recognition, furthering the development of domestic talent in the country.

"The List-A status comes after the MLC's successful inaugural season and underscores its unwavering dedication to delivering premier cricket in the United States," the statement added.

MLC CEO, Vijay Srinivasan, had recently announced the expansion of tournament from 19 games in 2023 to 34 by 2025.

"We saw cricket mania sweep across the US last year off the back of our inaugural season of Major League Cricket. Now, we take exciting momentum into the highly anticipated ICC T20 World Cup and season two of the MLC,"said Srinivasan.

"With an unforgettable summer of cricket on our doorstep, we're ready to capture the hearts of American sports fans with our thrilling, adrenaline-charged game that is the most exciting emerging T20 tournament across the globe," he added.

Sanctioned by USA Cricket, MLC saw several players from across the world, including New Zealand and Australia among others, take part in the tournament last year.

Six teams -- Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings, and the Washington Freedom -- featured in the inaugural edition.

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