Major League Cricket (MLC) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in the United States.
Operated by American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) and sanctioned by USA Cricket, it began play on July 13, 2023, with six teams representing major U.S. cities under a single-entity model. The first season is taking place over three weeks at Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina, concluding on July 30, 2023.
The six teams in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket are:
- Los Angeles Stars
- Miami Marlins
- New York Empire
- New York Empire MLC team
- San Francisco Bay Area Giants MLC
- Texas Super Kings
- Washington Freedom MLC
The 2023 season of MLC was a success, with sell-out crowds at many matches. The final was won by the MI New York team, who defeated the Seattle Orcas by 7 wickets.
The future of MLC looks bright. The league has the potential to be a major force in American sports, and it is already attracting some of the biggest names in cricket. In the coming years, MLC is expected to expand to more cities and become a truly national league.
Key facts about Major League Cricket:
Founded in 2019
The first season played in 2023
Six teams in the inaugural season
Matches are played at Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina
League sanctioned by USA Cricket
Sell-out crowds at many matches
The final was won by MI New York
Future looks bright