Cricket fever has reached the United States of America (USA). USA Cricket will kick off the inaugural season of its T20 franchise league — Major League Cricket (MLC).
The MLC 2023 starts on July 13, 2023, and the final will take place on July 30, 2023.
A total of six teams will participate in the 19-match league, including playoffs. The six teams that will feature in MLC are — Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings, and Washington Freedom.
Moreover, four of the six teams — Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Texas — are owned by IPL franchises.
The league will allow domestic cricketers to play alongside some of the world’s best international cricketers. And the game of cricket will try to establish its place in the land of baseball.
Format of MLC 2023
The inaugural season of MLC will see a total of 19 matches played across 15 days. All 19 matches, including playoffs, will take place at two grounds — Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas, and Church Street Park, North Carolina.
Grand Prairie Stadium will host the inaugural match between the Texas Super Kings and the Los Angeles Knight Riders. The stadium will also host the MLC Final match.
Teams will play against each other in a single round-robin format. After 15 league matches, the top four teams will move into the playoffs of the MLC.
Further, the MLC Playoffs structure involves an Eliminator, Qualifier, Challenger, and Final.
MLC 2023 Schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (Local / IST)|
|July 13||Texas Super Kings vs LA Knight Riders||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 14)|
|July 14||MI New York vs SF Unicorns|
Seattle Orcas vs Washington Freedom
|Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||03:30 PM / 2:00 AM (July 15)|
07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 15)
|July 15||SF Unicorns vs Seattle Orcas||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 16)|
|July 16||Texas Super Kings vs Washington Freedom|
LA Knight Riders vs MI New York
|Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||03:30 PM / 2:00 AM (July 17)|
07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 17)
|July 17||Texas Super Kings vs MI New York||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 18)|
|July 18||LA Knight Riders vs SF Unicorns||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 19)|
|July 20||Washington Freedom vs LA Knight Riders||Church Street Park, North Carolina||05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 21)|
|July 21||Seattle Orcas vs Texas Super Kings||Church Street Park, North Carolina||05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 22)|
|July 22||Washington Freedom vs SF Unicorns||Church Street Park, North Carolina||05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 23)|
|July 23||LA Knight Riders vs Seattle Orcas|
MI New York vs Washington Freedom
|Church Street Park, North Carolina||01:30 PM / 11:00 PM|
05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 24)
|July 24||SF Unicorns vs Texas Super Kings||Church Street Park, North Carolina||05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 25)|
|July 25||MI New York vs Seattle Orcas||Church Street Park, North Carolina||05:30 PM / 3:00 AM (July 26)|
|July 27||Eliminator: Seed 3 vs Seed 4 |
Qualifier: Seed 1 vs Seed 2
|Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||03:30 PM / 2:00 AM (July 28)|
07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 28)
|July 28||Challenger: Qualifier Loser vs Eliminator Winner||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 29)|
|July 30||Final: Qualifier Winner vs Challenger Winner||Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas||07:30 PM / 6:00 AM (July 31)|
Los Angeles Knight Riders
Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Zampa, Rilee Rossouw, Spencer Johnson, Ali Khan, Unmukt Chand, Jaskaran Malhotra, Nitish Kumar, Corne Dry, Ali Sheikh, Saif Badar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Bhaskar Yadram
MI New York
Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Rashid Khan, Tim David, Dewald Brevis, David Wiese, Kagiso Rabada, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Behrendorff, Steven Taylor, Hammad Azam, Ehsan Adil, Nosthush Kenjige, Monank Patel, Sarbjeet Ladda, Shayan Jahangir, Kyle Phillip, Saideep Ganesh
San Francisco Unicorns
Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Lungi Ngidi, Corey Anderson, Matthew Wade, Liam Plunkett, Tajinder Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Carmi le Roux, Brody Couch, David White, Smit Patel, Sanjay Krishnamurthi, Qais Ahmad, Mackenzie Harvey, Finn Allen, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf
Quinton de Kock, Wayne Parnell, Dasun Shanaka, Sikandar Raza, Andrew Tye, Mitchell Marsh, Dwaine Pretorius, Izharulhaq Naveed, Heinrich Klaasen, Harmeet Singh, Shehan Jayasuriya, Shubham Ranjane, Cameron Gannon, Aaron Jones, Nauman Anwar, Phani Simhadri, Angelo Perera, Matthew Tromp
Texas Super Kings
Faf du Plessis, Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Daniel Sams, David Miller, Gerald Coetzee, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Rusty Theron, Calvin Savage, Lahiru Milantha, Milind Kumar, Sami Aslam, Cameron Stevenson, Cody Chetty, Zia Shahzad, Saiteja Mukkamalla
Anrich Nortje, Wanindu Hasaranga, Marco Jansen, Glenn Phillips, Adam Milne, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe, Andries Gous, Mukhtar Ahmed, Jacobus Pienaar, Saurabh Netravalkar, Saad Ali, Dane Piedt, Sujith Gowda, Justin Dill, Akhilesh Bodugum, Ben Dwarshuis, Akeal Hosein
MLC Broadcast and Live Stream in India
Cricket fans in India can watch the live broadcast of MLC 2023 on the Sports18 TV channel. Moreover, JioCinema will live stream the matches on its app and website.