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.