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Major League Cricket Teams (Complete Guide): List of Players, MLC Draft, Squads, Stadiums, and More!

What are the names of Major League Cricket teams? Who are the owners of MLC teams in the USA? Which IPL teams are the Major League Cricket teams affiliated with?

We will answer all of these burning questions for you today.

Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings, and Washington Freedom are the six teams that will compete in the three-week Major League Cricket (MLC) T20 tournament to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA in July 2023.

Key Takeaways

  • The average age of Major League Cricket players is 29.
  • From the 54 domestic players in the MLC draft, 19 players were from Indian origin (2 born in USA, 17 born in India), 12 are from South Africa, 11 from Pakistan, 3 Australia, 3 Sri Lanka, 2 USA, 2 West Indies, 1 New Zealand, 1 England, and 1 UAE.
  • 4 Major League Cricket teams are affiliated with IPL teams (LA Knight Riders, MI New York, Seattle Orcas (with Delhi capitals), and Texas Super Kings.
  • 2 Major League Cricket teams are partnered with Australian domestic sides (San Francisco Unicorns – with Cricket Victoria, Washington DC Freedom – with New South Wales)

List of Major League Cricket Teams

1. Los Angeles Knight Riders

  • Home Ground: Orange County Stadium (planning stage)
  • IPL Franchise: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
  • Owners: Knight Riders Group

LA Knight Riders Complete Squad

  • Unmukt Chand, Ali Sheikh, Nitish Kumar, Corne Dry, Jaskaran Malhotra, Saif Badar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Ali Khan, Bhaskar Yadram

LA Knight Riders Overseas Players

  • Jason Roy (England), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Adam Zampa (Australia)
  • Wildcard: Gajanand Singh

Coaches

Coaches: Phil Simmons (Head Coach), Ryan Ten Doeschate (Assistant Coach), Bharat Arun (Bowling Coach)

Support Staff: Sagar VM (Strength & Conditioning), Prasanth Panchada (Physio), Ruel Rigsby (Physio), AR Srikkanth (Analyst), Wayne Bentley (Team Manager)

2. MI New York

  • Home Ground: New York Oval – New York, Marine Park – Brooklyn, Spring Creek Park – Queens, Aqueduct Racetrack – Queens (shortlisted – planning stage)
  • IPL Franchise: Mumbai Indians (MI)
  • Owners: Indiawin Sports Private Limited (under Reliance)

MINY Complete Squad

  • Steven Taylor, Hammad Azam, Ehsan Adil, Nosthush Kenjige, Monank Patel, Sarbjeet Ladda, Shayan Jahangir, Kyle Phillip, Saideep Ganesh
  • Wildcard: Jasdeep Singh

MINY Overseas Players

  • Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Tim David, Jason Behrendorff (Australia), Dewald Brevis, Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), David Wiese (Namibia), Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Coaches

Coaches: Robin Peterson (Head Coach), Lasith Malinga (Bowling Coach), James Pamment (Fielding Coach), J Arun Kumar (Batting Coach)

Support Staff: Pratik Kadam (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Amit Shah (Sports Massage Therapist), Murtaza Hussain (Assistant Fielding Coach), Jason Pilgrim (Physiotherapist), Rushi Shahiwala (Assistant Physiotherapist), L Varun (Data Performance Manager)

3. San Francisco Unicorns

  • Home Ground: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Stadium – San Jose, California (planning stage)
  • IPL Franchise: None (affilated with Cricket Victoria, Australia)
  • Owners: Anand Rajaraman, Venky Harinarayan

SF Unicorns Complete Unicorns Squad

  • Corey Anderson, Liam Plunkett, Tajinder Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Brody Couch, David White, Smit Patel, Sanjay Krishnmurthi, Carmi Le Roux
  • Wildcard: Amila Aponso

SF Unicorns Overseas Players

  • Aaron Finch*, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Mackenzie Harvey (Australia), Lungi Ngidi (South Africa), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Finn Allen (New Zealand), Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
  • Shane Watson (Coach)

*captain

4. Seattle Orcas

  • Home Ground: Marymoor Park – Redmond, Washington (planning stage)
  • IPL Franchise: Delhi Capitals
  • Owners: GMR (Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao) Group, Jindal Sports West, Satya Nadella, Soma Somasegar, Samir Bodas, Ashok Krishnamurthi, Sanjay ParthasarthyOr

Orcas Complete Squad

  • Harmeet Singh, Shehan Jayasuriya, Shubham Ranjane, Cameron Gannon, Aaron Jones, Nauman Anwar, Phani Simhadri, Angelo Perera, Matthew Tromp
  • Wildcard: Nisarg Patel

Orcas Overseas Players

  • Sikandar Raza – withdrawn (Zimbabwe), Andrew Tye (Australia), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock, Wayne Parnell, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa) , Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Izharulhaq Naveed (Afghanistan)

Batting Coach: Ross Taylor, Bowling Coach: Johan Botha

5. Texas Super Kings

  • Home Ground: Grand Prairie Stadium – Dallas, Texas
  • IPL Franchise: Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
  • Owners: Ross Perot Jr., CSK

TSK Complete Squad

  • Rusty Theron, Calvin Salvage, Lahiru Milantha, Milind Kumar, Sami Aslam, Cameron Stevenson, Cody Chetty, Zia Shahzad, Saiteja Mukkamalla
  • Wildcard: Mohammad Mohsin

TSK Overseas Players

  • Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), Daniel Sams (Australia), Faf du Plessis*, David Miller, Gerald Coetzee (South Africa), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Ambati Rayudu (India)

Texas Super Kings Coaches

  • Coaches: Stephen Fleming (Head Coach), Eric Simons (Assistant Coach), Albie Morkel (Assistant Coach), Russell Radhakrishnan (Team Manager)
  • Support Staff: Gregory King (Strength & Conditioning), Lakshmi Narayanan (High Performance Analyst), Tommy Simsek (Physiotherapist)

6. Washington (DC) Freedom

  • Home Ground: George Mason University
  • IPL Franchise: None (Affiliated with Cricket New South Wales, Australia)
  • Owners: Sanjay Govill

DC Freedom Complete Squad

  • Andries Gous, Mukhtar Ahmed, Obus Pienaar, Saurabh Netravalkar, Saad Ali, Dane Piedt, Sujith Gowda, Justin Dill, Akhilesh Bodugum
  • Wildcard: Usman Rafiq

DC Freedom Overseas Players

  • Moises Henriques*, Ben Dwarshuis, Tanveer Sangha (Australia), Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen (South Africa), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Glenn Phillips, Adam Milne (New Zealand)

*captain

Bowling Coach: Dale Steyn

For other articles for cricket in America and Major League Cricket (MLC), check out the following:

  1. 14 Overseas Cricketers in Major League Cricket (MLC) in USA
  2. Major League Cricket Schedule, Fixtures, Venues: Where to Buy Major League Cricket (MLC) 2023 Tickets?
  3. What is the Salary of a Major League Cricket player in the USA?
  4. 76 American Cricketers Who Left Their Countries and Moved to Play Cricket in the USA
  5. How Many Cricket Stadiums are there in the USA?
  6. USA Cricket—The Complete Guide to Cricket in America (Updated 2023)
  7. Avinash’s Club Cricket Journey in America: an Interview

Major League Cricket – MLC 2023 Draft: List of Players (As It Happened)

The nine rounds of draft picks are summarized below. Since most players are from foreign origin or have changed nationalities late in their careers, the country of origin and age is added to the name.

Note, a tenth ‘Wildcard’ pick will be determined from the 2023 Minor League Cricket season.

MLC Draft Round 1 ($75,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Harmeet SinghSeattle OrcasSeattle ThunderboltsIndia30
Andries GousWashington FreedomSeattle ThunderboltsSouth Africa29
Steven TaylorMI New YorkAtlanta FireUSA29
Corey AndersonSan Francisco UnicornsIrving MustangsNew Zealand32
Ali KhanLos Angeles Knight RidersHouston HurricanesPakistan32
Rusty TheronTexas Super KingsEast Bay BlazersSouth Africa37

MLC Draft Round 2 ($65,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Calvin SavageTexas Super KingsChicago TigersSouth Africa30
Unmukt ChandLos Angeles Knight RidersSilicon Valley StrikersIndia29
Liam PlunkettSan Francisco UnicornsThe PhiladelphiansEngland37
Hammad AzamMI New YorkGolden State GrizzliesPakistan32
Mukhtar AhmedWashington FreedomAtlanta FirePakistan30
Shehan JayasuriyaSeattle OrcasSilicon Valley StrikersSri Lanka31

MLC Draft Round 3 ($50,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Shubham RanjaneSeattle OrcasSeattle ThunderboltsIndia28
Obus PienaarWashington FreedomMorrisville RaptorsSouth Africa33
Ehsan AdilMI New YorkGolden State GrizzliesPakistan30
Tajinder SinghSan Francisco UnicornsKingsmenIndia30
Jaskaran MalhotraLos Angeles Knight RidersMorrisville RaptorsIndia33
Lahiru MilanthaTexas Super KingsMorrisville RaptorsSri Lanka28

MLC Draft Round 4 ($40,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Milind KumarTexas Super KingsThe PhiladelphiansIndia32
Nitish KumarLos Angeles Knight RidersLone Star AthleticsIndia28
Chaitanya BishnoiSan Francisco UnicornsKingsmen India28
Nosthush KenjigeMI New YorkIrving MustangsIndia (born in USA, family from India)32
Saurabh NetravalkarWashington FreedomSilicon Valley StrikersIndia31
Cameron GannonSeattle OrcasAustralia34

MLC Draft Round 5 ($35,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Aaron JonesSeattle OrcasAtlanta FireUSA28
Saad AliWashington FreedomMichigan Cricket StarsPakistan29
Monank PatelMI New YorkEmpire State TitansIndia29
Carmi Le RouxSan Francisco UnicornsEast Bay BlazersSouth Africa29
Corne DryLos Angeles Knight RidersAtlanta FireSouth Africa30
Sami AslamTexas Super KingsGolden State GrizzliesPakistan27

MLC Draft Round 6 ($25,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Cameron StevensonTexas Super KingsAustralia30
Ali SheikhLos Angeles Knight RidersIrving MustangsUSA (born in Doha)20
Brody CouchSan Francisco UnicornsAtlanta FireAustralia23
Sarbjeet Singh LaddaMI New YorkDC HawksIndia36
Dane PiedtWashington FreedomMorrisville RaptorsSouth Africa33
Nauman AnwarSeattle OrcasMichigan Cricket StarsPakistan27

MLC Draft Round 7 ($15,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Phani SimhadriSeattle OrcasSeattle ThunderboltsIndia31
Sujith GowdaWashington FreedomIrving MustangsIndia26
Shayan JahangirMI New YorkLone Star AthleticsPakistan31
David WhiteSan Francisco UnicornsEast Bay BlazersSouth Africa31
Saif BadarLos Angeles Knight RidersAtlanta FirePakistan24
Cody ChettyTexas Super KingsHollywood Master BlastersSouth Africa31

MLC Draft Round 8 ($10,000)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Zia ShahzadTexas Super KingsAtlanta FirePakistan26
Shadley Van SchalkwykLos Angeles Knight RidersSeattle ThunderboltsSouth Africa34
Smit PatelSan Francisco UnicornsManhattan YorkersIndia29
Usman Rafiq*MI New YorkHouston HurricanesPakistan34
Kyle PhillipMI New YorkAtlanta LightningWest Indies (Trinidad)26
Justin DillWashington FreedomSt. Louis AmericansSouth Africa28
Angelo PereraSeattle OrcasEast Bay BlazersSri Lanka33

*Usman Rafiq no longer shows up on MLC website but Kyle Phillip does (maybe Phillip is a replacement for Rafiq).

MLC Draft Round 9 ($2,500)

PlayerFranchiseMinor League TeamCountryAge
Matthew TrompSeattle OrcasHouston HurricanesSouth Africa18
Akhilesh BodugumWashington FreedomAtlanta FireIndia 22
Saideep GaneshMI New YorkGolden State GrizzliesIndia 22
Sanjay KrishnamurthiSan Francisco UnicornsEast Bay BlazersIndia 19
Bhaskar YadramLos Angeles Knight RidersManhattan YorkersWest Indies (Guyana)23
Saiteja MukkamallaTexas Super KingsNew Jersey StallionsUSA (Indian origin)18

Frequently Asked Questions – Major League Cricket Teams

How many teams will play in Major League Cricket 2023?

Six teams will play in Major League Cricket 2023 – Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings, and Washington (DC) Freedom.

Where will Major League Cricket 2023 be held?

Major League Cricket 2023 will be held in Grand Prairie, Texas (near Dallas).

When will Major League Cricket 2023 be held?

Major League Cricket 2023 will be held between July 13-July 30th.

Sources: Coming to America: New South Wales signs deal with Major League Cricket, Owners of Mumbai Indians, CSK, Delhi Capitals to own teams in USA’s Major League Cricket, The Picks Are In! MLC 2023 Domestic Player Draft Recap – Major League Cricket

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85 Cricketers Who Left Their Countries and Moved to Play Cricket in the USA: List of American Cricketers Who Were Born in Other Nations

With the Major League Cricket beginning this year, we look at all the cricketers who left their countries and moved to play cricket in the USA.

The United States of America is becoming an increasingly popular destination for cricketers looking to pursue a career in the sport. Over the years, many international players from around the world have left their home countries and moved to the US in search of greater opportunities. From West Indies to South Africa, here are 53 cricketers who have left their countries and moved to play cricket in the USA.

Key Takeaways

  • At least 85 cricketers have left their home countries to pursue cricket in the USA.
  • This includes 16 West Indian cricketers, 19 South Africans, 22 Indians, 4 Sri Lankan, 4 Australian, 11 Pakistani, 2 from New Zealand, 2 from Nepal, and 5 from other nations (England, UAE, Canada, Afghanistan, Bangladesh)
  • 11 of these players have played international cricket, at least 11-15 others have played at an U-19 level in their home countries, and a few others (Sunny Sohal, Siddharth Trivedi, Bipul Sharma, etc.) have even been picked up deals in the IPL.
  • Other current WI international players like Rakheem Cornwall & Chandrapaul Hemraj are not officially included in this list. However, a few such WI players play in Minor League Cricket (MiLC) and other local American clubs for extra practice in their off-season.

Credit: This list is largely inspired from the updated reports and tweets of American cricket journalist, Peter Della Penna. For example, see this tweet.

Which Cricketers Changed Their Nationality to play for the USA?

From the 2012 U-19 winning captain, Unmukt Chand to the 2019 Cricket World Cup winner, Liam Plunkett, here is the list of Top 24 players who left their countries to play cricket in the USA (extended list of 56 players and honorable mentions below)

*Note: Not all of these players are eligible to play for the USA national team at the moment. The residency process will take 3-4 years. Until that is achieved, the players will live here and play in the Minor/Major League Cricket.

1. Xavier Marshall (West Indies, 2005-2018)

  • Teams: Jamaica, West Indies, West Indies U-19s
  • Age When Left Home Country: 32
  • Current Age: 36
  • Minor League Team: New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers
  • Claim to Fame: Broke Shahid Afridi’s record with 12 sixes in an innings when he scored 157*(118) vs Canada in 2008. West Indies Youth Cricketer of the Year (2005), played 7 Tests and numerous limited overs game for the West Indies
  • Role: Right-Handed Opening Batter

Note: Xavier Marshall was cut from the USA contract list in 2020

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2. Sami Aslam (Pakistan, 2012-2020)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan U-19s, Balochistan, Sindh, Lahore Eagles, National Bank of Pakistan
  • Age When Left Home Country: 25
  • Current Age: 27
  • Claim to Fame: Played in 2012 & 2014 U-19 WCs, captaining Pakistan to the final in the latter. 2nd Highest U-19 ODI run-scorer. Promising start to Test career with 7 fifties and best of 91.
  • Minor League Team: Golden State Grizzlies
  • Role: Left-Handed Opening Batter
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3. Unmukt Chand (India, 2010-2020)

  • Teams: India U-19, India U-23, India A, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Chattogram Challengers, Melbourne Renegades
  • Age When Left Home Country: 26
  • Current Age: 29
  • Minor League Team: Silicon Valley Strikers
  • Claim to Fame: 2012 U-19 Cricket World Cup Captain, courtesy his knock of 111* (130)
  • Role: Right-Handed Top Order Batter
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4. Saqlain Haider (UAE, 2014-2017)

  • Teams: United Arab Emirates, Pakistan A
  • Age When Left Home Country: 33
  • Current Age: 35
  • Claim to Fame: Played 5 ODIs and 6 T20Is for the UAE, including the 2015 ODI World Cup
  • Minor League Team: Houston Hurricanes
  • Role: Wicketkeeper/Left-Handed Batter

*Note, Saqlain Haider was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and played international cricket for the UAE. Now, he is in the USA.

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5. Corey Anderson (New Zealand, 2007-2018)

  • Teams: New Zealand, New Zealand U-19, New Zealand A, Auckland, Canterbury, Northern Districts, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset, Lahore Qalandars, Barbados Tridents
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 32
  • Claim to Fame: Fastest ODI century of all time in 36 balls, breaking Shahid Afridi’s record. Constant Member of the NZ squad from 2015-18. Key player for NZ in the 2015 ODI World Cup. Played one of the greatest IPL knocks of all-time, scoring 95*(44) as MI sneaked into the qualifiers by scoring 195 in 14.3 overs.
  • Minor League Team: Irving Mustangs
  • Role: Allrounder (Left-handed batter, Left arm medium pace)
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6. Shehan Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka, 2009-2020)

  • Teams: Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka U-19s, Sri Lanka U-23s, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Police Sports Club, Chittagong Kings, Galle Gladiators
  • Age When Left Home Country: 29
  • Current Age: 31
  • Claim to Fame: Scored 96 in an ODI vs Pakistan in a rearguard effort to bring SL from 28/5 to 205/6. SL still lost the game, but good innings nevertheless.
  • Minor League Team: Silicon Valley Strikers
  • Role: Allrounder (Left-handed batter, Right arm off break)
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7. Narsingh Deonarine (West Indies, 1999-2016)

  • Teams: West Indies, West Indies U-19s, West Indies A, Guyana, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Age When Left Home Country: 32
  • Current Age: 37
  • Claim To Fame: Leading scorer in the 2008-09 domestic tournament. Took Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test wicket. Played 18 Tests, 31 ODIs, and 8 T20Is for the West Indies.
  • Minor League Team: Silicon Valley Strikers
  • Role: Allrounder (Left Hand Bat, Right Arm off break)
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8. Liam Plunkett (England, 2003-2019)

  • Teams: England, England Lions, England U-19s, Durham, Surrey, Yorkshire, Delhi Daredevils, Welsh Fire, Karachi Kings, Sylhet Sixers, Melbourne Stars, Kandy Tuskers, Dolphins
  • Age When Left Home Country: 35
  • Current Age: 37
  • Claim to Fame: 2019 Cricket World Cup winner (3 wickets in the final including Kane Williamson), key to England’s limited overs revival. 2008-09 County Champions with Durham. Played 13 Tests, 89 ODI, and 22 T20Is for England
  • Minor League Team: The Philadelphians (Player/Coach)
  • Role: Right Arm Fast Bowler (and lower order hitter)

Note, Plunkett traveled to the USA and has played club cricket in the USA earlier even when he was representing England since his wife is from the United States.

Also Read: Hitting Against the Spin Review

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9. Dane Piedt (South Africa, 2010-2020)

  • Teams: South Africa, South Africa A, Western Province, Cape Cobras
  • Age When Left Home Country: 30
  • Current Age: 32
  • Claim to Fame: Best bowling figures on debut by a South African spinner since Aubrey Faulkner
  • Minor League Team: DC Hawks
  • Role: Right Arm off break (mystery spin with carrom ball)

Also Read: 151 Greatest Cricketers of All Time (Men’s): From WG Grace to Pollard

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10. Juan ‘Rusty’ Theron (South Africa, 2005-2015)

  • Teams: South Africa, South Africa A, Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Eastern Province, Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Age When Left Home Country: 31
  • Current Age: 37
  • Claim to Fame: MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year (2008), Player of the Match for Kings XI Punjab in an IPL 2010 match. He was selected for the 2010 T20 World Cup
  • Minor League Team: East Bay Blazers
  • Role: Right Arm Fast-Medium

Fun Fact: After he retired from South African domestic circuit, he initially moved to Florida to pursue a “teaching degree at a local college.”

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11. Ehsan Adil (Pakistan, 2012-2021)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan U-19, Pakistan U-23, Faisalabad Wolves, Lahore Qalandars
  • Age When Left Home Country: 27
  • Current Age: 30
  • Claim to Fame: Played for Pakistan in the 2015 ODI Cricket World Cup
  • Minor League Team: Golden State Grizzlies
  • Role: Right Arm Fast
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12. Amila Aponso (Sri Lanka, 2013-2020)

  • Teams: Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka U-23s, SL U-19s, SL U-17s, SL U-15s, Colombo Kings, Ragama Cricket Club
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 29
  • Claim to Fame: 273 first-class wickets at an average of 23.43 with a best of 8/148 (innings) and 13/234 (match). Played 9 ODIs & 3 T20Is for Sri Lanka
  • Minor League Team: Atlanta Fire
  • Role: Left-Arm Orthodox
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13. Mukhtar Ahmed (Pakistan, 2014-2018)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan A, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Sialkot Stallions
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 30
  • Claim to Fame: Played 6 T20Is for Pakistan
  • Minor League Team: Atlanta Fire
  • Role: Right Hand Batter, Googly

14. Assad Fudadin (West Indies, 2004-2020)

  • Teams: West Indies, West Indies U-19s, West Indies A, Guyana, Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Age When Left Home Country: 35
  • Current Age: 37
  • Claim to Fame: Selected in the 2004 U-19 World Cup and was a key batter in West Indies’ run to the final. Played 3 Tests in 2012
  • Minor League Team: New England Eagles
  • Role: Left-Handed Batter
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15. Smit Patel (India, 2012-2021)

  • Teams: India U-19s, India U-23s, India Blue, Indian Board President’s XI, Baroda, Gujarat, Tripura, Goa, Barbados Royals
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 29
  • Claim to Fame: 2012 U-19 WC Final star, forming a 130-run partnership with Unmukt Chand and himself scoring 62*(84). Scored a total of 11 first-class centuries.
  • Minor League Team: Manhattan Yorkers
  • Role: Wicketkeeper, Right Hand Batter

*Note, Patel is a green card holder and has been in the USA on and off since 2010, when his family moved to Pennsylvania.

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16. Sunny Sohal (India, 2007-2014)

  • Teams: India U-19s, India A, Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Barbados Tridents, Winnipeg Hawks
  • Age When Left Home Country: 27
  • Current Age: 36
  • Claim to Fame: Highest run-scorer for Punjab in the 2008-09 Ranji Season, player of the Match in an IPL match, India U-19 player in 2007-08 alongside Virat Kohli, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, etc.
  • Minor League Team: DC Hawks
  • Role: Right-Handed Batter
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17. Siddharth Trivedi (India, 2002-2015)

  • Teams: Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat, Saurashtra, India Red
  • Age When Left Home Country: 38
  • Current Age: 40
  • Claim to Fame: When he left RR, he was Rajasthan Royals’ all-time highest wicket-taker with 65 wickets
  • Minor League Team: St. Louis Americans
  • Role: Right Arm Medium Fast
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18. Bipul Sharma (India, 2025-2021)

  • Teams: India A, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim
  • Age When Left Home Country: 37
  • Current Age: 39
  • Claim to Fame: One of the keys to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s success in IPL 2016
  • Minor League Team: DC Hawks
  • Role: Left-arm Orthodox
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19. Cameron Gannon (Australia, 2010-2022*)

  • Teams: Western Australia, Queensland, Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades
  • Age When Left Home Country: 30
  • Current Age: 34
  • Claim to Fame: Took 31 wickets in the 2012-13 Sheffeld Shield season
  • Role: Right Arm Fast Bowler

*still has a contract with Western Australia. He played a few T20Is for the USA in 2019 but returned to Australia domestic cricket. He has since been recalled in USA training camps.

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20. Harmeet Singh (India, 2009-2020)

  • Teams: India U-19, India B, Rest of India, West Zone, Mumbai, Tripura, Rajasthan Royals
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 30
  • Claim to Fame: Played in 2 U-19 World Cups, including the one with Unmukt Chand & Smit Patel
  • Minor League Team: Seattle Thunderbolts
  • Role: Left-arm Orthodox
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21. Bhaskar Yadram (West Indies, 2017-2020)

  • Teams: West Indies U-19, Guyana
  • Age When Left Home Country: 27
  • Current Age: 39
  • Claim to Fame: Highest wicket-taker for the West Indies in the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup
  • Minor League Team: Empire State Titans
  • Role: Right arm medium/off break

22. Timil Patel (India, 2002-2009)

  • Teams: India U-19s, West Zone, Rest of India, Gujarat, St. Lucia Stars
  • Age When Left Home Country: 27
  • Current Age: 39
  • Claim to Fame: Was with the India U-19 group in 2002 alongside Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan
  • Minor League Team: San Diego Surfer
  • Role: Left-arm Orthodox

Note: Timil Patel is now a domestic player in the USA squad since he has achieved American citizenship

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23. Gajanand Singh (West Indies, 2008-2011)

  • Teams: West Indies U-19s, Guyana, Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Age When Left Home Country: 33
  • Current Age: 35
  • Claim to Fame: Played in the 2006 U-19 World Cup for the West Indies
  • Minor League Team: Manhattan Yorkers
  • Role: Left-arm Bat
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24. Basant Regmi (Nepal, 2012-2019)

  • Teams: Nepal, Nepal U-19s, Nepal U-17s
  • Age When Left Home Country: 35
  • Current Age: 36
  • Claim to Fame: Has played international cricket for Nepal
  • Minor League Team: Hollywood Master Blasters
  • Role: Left-arm orthodox

25. Hammad Azam (Pakistan, 2008-2021)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistan U-23s, Pakistan U-19s, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans
  • Age When Left Home Country: 29
  • Current Age: 31
  • Claim to Fame: Played 11 ODIs and 5 T20Is for Pakistan
  • Minor League Team: Golden State Grizzlies
  • Role: Right Hand Bat

26. Sheik Faoud Ahamul Fasiel Bacchus (West Indies, 1971-1986)

  • Teams: West Indies, United States of America, Border, Guyana, Western Province
  • Age When Left Home Country: 43
  • Current Age: 69
  • Claim to Fame: Scored 250 in Test cricket for West Indies. Played 19 Tests and multiple ODIs and later played international cricket or the USA.
  • Minor League Team: Golden State Grizzlies
  • Role: Right Hand Bat

27. Saad Ali (Pakistan, 2013-2021)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan U-19, Karachi Whites, Quetta Gladiators
  • Age When Left Home Country: 28
  • Current Age: 29
  • Claim to Fame: Played in the PSL and also has represented Pakistan in a couple of ODIs
  • Minor League Team: Michigan Cricket Stars
  • Role: Left Hand Bat

28. Nauman Anwar (Pakistan, 2014-2018)

  • Teams: Pakistan, Karachi Kings, Sialkot Stallions
  • Age When Left Home Country: 26
  • Current Age: 27
  • Claim to Fame: Played one T20I for Pakistan
  • Minor League Team: Michigan Cricket Stars
  • Role: Right Hand Bat

29. Angelo Perera (Sri Lanka, 2009-2021)

  • Teams: Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka U-19s, Dambulla Viking, Kandy Warriors, Colts Cricket Club
  • Age When Left Home Country: 31
  • Current Age: 33
  • Claim to Fame: Played 6 T20Is and 6 ODIs for Sri Lanka
  • Minor League Team: East Bay Blazers
  • Role: Right Hand Bat
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  6. 49 South African Cricketers Who Left Their Country for Kolpak Deals

Future USA Immigrant XI – American Cricketers Who Were Born in Other Countries

South African Born Cricketers Who Moved to the USA

  1. William Ludick – Houston Hurricanes
    • South African born who played domestic cricket with Central Districts in NZ prior to his US move
  2. Justin Dill – New Jersey Stallions
    • Part of the 2014 U-19 South Africa squad
  3. Carmi Le Roux – The Philadelphians
  4. David Bunn – East Bay Blazers
    • Selected for a South Africa U-19 tour in 2011
  5. Cody Chetty – Hollywood Master Blasters
  6. Corne Dry – Atlanta Fire
  7. Jacobus ‘Obus’ Pienaar – St. Louis Americans
  8. David White – East Bay Blazers
  9. Shadley van Schalwyk – Seattle Thunderbolts
  10. Slade-Lee van Staden – Houston Hurricanes
  11. Joshua Tromp – Irving Mustangs
  12. Matthew Tromp – Houston Hurricanes
  13. Heath Richards – Atlanta Lightning
  14. Luke Schofield – St. Louis Americans
  15. Joshua Kind – St. Louis Americans
  16. David Pieters – Irving Mustangs
  17. Conrad Lotz – Morrisville Cardinals

West Indies Cricketers Who Left the Caribbean to Play Cricket in the USA

  1. Timroy Allen (Jamaica) – Orlando Galaxy
  2. Mark Parchment (Jamaica) – Atlanta Param Veers
  3. Dean Morgan (Jamaica) – Ft. Lauderdale Lions
  4. Akshay Homraj (Guyana) – New England Eagles
  5. Damian Jacobs (Guyana)
  6. Trevon Griffith (Jamaica) – Empire State Titans
    • Played in the 2010 U-19 WC
  7. Vikash Mohan (Trinidad)
  8. William Perkins (Trinidad)
  9. Kyle Phillips (Trinidad) – Atlanta Lightning
  10. Mario Rampersaud (Barbados) – East Bay Blazers

Australian Born Cricketers Who Moved to the USA

  1. Cameron Stevenson (holds a US passport, but was born in and resides in Australia)
  2. Josh Dascombe – East Bay Blazers
  3. Brody Couch – Atlanta Fire

Indian Born Cricketers Who Moved to the USA

  1. Saurabh Netravalkar (Silicon Valley Strikers)
  2. Sushil Nadkarni
    • Played for India U-19 and Sikkim but immigrated to the USA in early 2000s to study engineering.
  3. Karan Viradiya – Hollywood Master Blasters
    • Was initially selected for India U-19 in 2013 but was removed due to age alteration.
  4. Nisarg Patel – Hollywood Master Blasters
  5. Shubham Ranjane – Seattle Thunderbolts
  6. Tajinder Singh – Kingsmen
  7. Jaskaran Malhotra – Morrisville Raptors
  8. Milind Kumar – The Philadelphians
  9. Chaitanya Bishnoi – Kingsmen
  10. Monank Patel – Empire State Titans
  11. Sarbjeet Singh Ladda – DC Hawks
  12. Phani Simhadri – Seattle Thunderbolts
  13. Sujith Gowda – Irving Mustangs
  14. Akhilesh Bodugum – Atlanta Fire
  15. Saideep Ganesh – New Jersey Stallions

Players from Other Countries Who Play Cricket in the USA

  1. Shaker Ahmed (Bangladesh) – Michigan Cricket Stars
    • Was in the 2010 U-19 WC squad. Moved to the USA in 2014
  2. Nitish Kumar (Canada) – Austin Athletics
  3. Kanishka Chaugai (Nepal) – Hollywood Master Blasters
  4. Shayan Jahangir (Pakistan) – Austin Athletics
  5. Saif Badar (Pakistan) – Atlanta Fire
  6. Zia Shahzad (Pakistan) – Atlanta Fire
  7. Usman Rafiq (Pakistan) – Houston Hurricanes
  8. Marty Kain (New Zealand) – San Diego Surfriders
  9. Gayan Fernando (Sri Lanka) – SoCal Lashings
  10. Lahiru Milantha (Sri Lanka) – Morrisville Raptors
  11. Zakiullah Sultani (Afghanistan) – Michigan Cricket Stars

Honorable Mentions

Cricketers Born in the USA But Played Domestic Cricket Abroad

  • Ian Holland – born in Wisconsin but played for Hampshire in England and for Victoria in Australia
  • Cameron Steel – born in California but played for Hampshire in England
  • Sanjay Krishnamurthi (East Bay Blazers) – born in Oregon, but played for Karnataka U-16s in India
  • Aaron Jones (New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers) – born in Queens, New York but played List A and domestic cricket for Barbados
  • Nosthush Kenjige – born in Auburn, Alabama (family from India). Played university cricket in Bengaluru, India
  • Saiteja Mukkamalla – born in Plainsboro, New Jersey (of Indian origin)
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West Indies International Players who Play in the MiLC

  • Although Chandrapaul Hemraj (New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers) played in Minor League Cricket (and hit lots of sixes), he still eyes a West Indies recall and is using MiLC as off-season practice
  • Similarly, Rakheem Cornwall plays for the Atlanta Fire
  • Hayden Walsh Jr. was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and played for the US national team between 2018-19. However, he switched his cricket allegiance to the West Indies after 2019.
  • Now 40, Fidel Edwards plays for the Silicon Valley Strikers after a long (on & off) West Indies international & illustrious County career.
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Final Thoughts – Why Are Cricketers Leaving Their Countries to Play Cricket in the USA?

Competition and financial security are two of the biggest reasons why cricketers are choosing to leave their home countries to play cricket in the USA.

Several of these cricketers played up till the U-19 and domestic levels. However, they could not make the cut to the international level. This has an impact on both personal desires and direct monetary value. Since USA cricket has been offering decent contracts to cricketers, and national boards of West Indies, South Africa, and New Zealand continue to struggle, we may continue to see the exodus of cricketers from those nations.

Will this help USA cricket qualify for world tournaments and establish Major League Cricket in this crowded T20 calendar?

Only time will tell.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many cricketers left their countries to play cricket in the USA?

At least 85 cricketers have left their home countries to pursue in the USA, including 11 former international cricketers. This includes 14 West Indian cricketers, 12 South Africans, 11 Indians, 3 Sri Lankans, 3 Australians, 2 Pakistanis, 2 from New Zealand, and 6 from other nations (England, UAE, Canda, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh).Image Collage of Cricketers who left their countries to play cricket in the USA

Which Pakistani cricketer moved to the USA?

Sami Aslam and Shayan Jahangir are the Pakistani cricketers who moved to the USA.

Which Indian cricketers moved to the USA?

Unmukt Chand, Smit Patel, Sunny Sohal, Siddharth Trivedi, Harmeet Singh, and Bipul Sharma are six of the most prominent Indian cricketers who moved to the USA.

Which cricket players changed their nationalities?

Xavier Marshall, Gajanand Singh, Timil Patel, and a few other cricketers have changed their nationalities to play cricket in the USA. Others like Eoin Morgan, Ed Joyce, Boyd Rankin (Ireland to England) and Kepler Wessels (South Africa to Australia) are other examples of cricketers changing their nationalities and playing for two nations.

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