The Minor League Cricket Draft takes place today with 21 of the 27 teams selecting their squads, in a Draft that will take place across 7 different regionalized drafts. All of those 21 teams today announce their Pre-Draft Selection of 9 players ahead of the Draft that starts at 2pm PST today. At the Draft, all 21 teams will be able to select 7 further players to make up their initial squads of 16 players, which will then be bolstered by the 2 free agent positions, to create the full final squads of 18 players each.
The Pre-Draft Selection phase contains 9 priority picks of players in 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)
The Pre-Draft Selections for the 21 teams include plenty of star names with Team USA stars being joined by international talent and the young American stars of the future. Several Team USA players have been picked up in the Marquee or Priority Domestic category with Jasdeep Singh, Xavier Marshall, Karima Gore, Elmore Hutchinson, Rusty Theron, Nisarg Patel, Aaron Jones, Steven Taylor, Nosthush Kenjige, Timil Patel and the National Captain, Saurabh Netravalkar among those snapped up early.
The international talent comes in the form of the Wildcard and Marquee player category with experience from all over the cricketing world set to grace the grounds across the United States this summer as Corey Anderson, Sami Aslam, Shehan Jayasuriya, Cody Chetty, David White, Nitish Kumar, Willem Ludick, Zia Ul Haq, Amila Aponso and Corne Dry have all been selected to play in the first full season of Minor League Cricket.
Some of the young stars of the USA Cricket Men’s Under 19 National Championships were in demand too with the Player of the Tournament, Sai Mukkamalla going to the New Jersey Stallions, while the Top Batsman Rehman Dar has been signed by the Irving Mustangs and the Leading Bowler, Sanjay Krishnamurthy will play with the East Bay Blazers.
To see the selections in full, please browse the gallery of squad infographics here.
To follow the MiLC Draft live today, please follow the live updates via the @MiLCricket Twitter page with overall updates once the draft is completed via USA Cricket’s social media channels. Please follow @USACricket for the more on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
For further details on how the full Minor League Cricket Draft will work today, please click here.