America's league signed 80 first class players, these big names are also included

America's league signed 80 first class players, these big names are also included

New York: American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) has announced the team drafts for all the 27 franchises of the Minor League Cricket (MILC) T20. More than 80 first-class cricketers from across the world have been signed for the upcoming T20 tournament starting July 31. Played over the weekend and lasting six weeks, the tournament features over 80 first-class players from around the world, many of whom have also played at international level.

The number of players is expected to increase further, as 12 players are still waiting to get their US visas. The minor league cricket T20 tournament is set to feature some familiar international names. Former New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been signed by his home franchise Dallas, while former South African off-spinner Dane Piedt has been picked up by the DC Hawks. West Indian spinner Rahkim Cornwall will play for Atlanta Fire and Pakistani pair Shami Aslam and Hammad Azam will represent the Golden State Grizzlies franchise.

The final draft of the minor league tournament has also thrown a surprise in the form of Ricardo Powell, who is all set to return to league cricket at the age of 42 for the Atlanta Param Virs. Minor league cricket has also given a chance to some of the first-class Indian talent this year. Former Indian Under-19 team wicketkeeper batsman Smit Patel and current Barbados Tridents batsman Smit Patel has been signed by Manhattan Yokers. Patel now lives in the US after playing 55 first-class matches and saying goodbye to his Indian cricket career.


Isolation rules frustrating, vaccination must be relied upon: Shastri

Isolation rules frustrating, vaccination must be relied upon: Shastri

Durham: India head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday expressed dismay at the 10-day isolation rule for anyone who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive person as India's bowling coach Bharat Arun was asked to complete the vaccination. Despite this, he had to part ways. As per UK health regulations, Arun, senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and stand-by opener Abhimanyu Easwaran will have to be in isolation for 10 days as they came in contact with throwdown specialist cum masseur Dayanand Garani. 

The trio returned to the team's biologically safe environment on Saturday after completing a one-and-a-half-week mandatory isolation. Despite being found negative in the RT-PCR test, all three had to be isolated. Shastri posted a selfie with his close friend and bowling coach Arun, writing that my right hand is back.

Despite being found negative, after spending 10 days in isolation, feeling more fit and strong. These isolating rules are quite frustrating. Two vaccines given during vaccination should be relied upon. Saha recovered from Kovid in May after being infected with the virus while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad during the Indian Premier League. The IPL was postponed after several cases of corona virus were detected in a biologically safe environment.