The Major League Cricket is scheduled to launch in 2021, however, the USA Cricket has discussed the contingency plans to ensure the long-term of the competition, Paraag Marathe said.
Earlier in February, USA Cricket revealed a plan on organizing a Minor League Cricket Twenty20 tournament this summer with an intention to holding a fully professional Major League Cricket T20 competition in 2021.
The tournaments have been developed via the cooperation between the USA Cricket and the governing body’s commercial partner American Cricket Enterprises.
However, the USA Cricket has recently informed that the timeline for the launching of Minor League Cricket is not clear amid the complicated developments of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This virus crisis has forced almost all domestic cricket competitions in the U.S. to postpone since early March. The updated schedules of the league are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The Major League Cricket is now projected to launch in 2021. However, the competition will not operate at full capacity until 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Marathe said that the USA Cricket is currently reevaluating plans on when the Major League Cricket would start due to the COVID-19 concerns. Initially, the league is expected to take place in 2021. However, it may be organized in 2022 after the minor leagues complete.
Marathe is also the president of 49ers Enterprises, the National Football League team’s investment aim, who is playing an important role as the consultant of the business strategy of the USA Cricket.
With the blueprint, people, and expertise, the 49ers Enterprises will really help the growth of the league. They are looking to attract players and probably run realistically by 2022, Marathe said.
The growth of U.S. cricket has encountered troubles in recent years. The USA Cricket was sanctioned by the International Cricket Council in January 2019. It was founded two years prior following the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association (USACA).