Minor League Cricket Announces Franchise Owners and Draft Update Minor League Cricket Announces Franchise Owners and Draft Update

In partnership with USA Cricket, American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) have today announced the owners of the 24 teams who will take part in Minor League Cricket (MiLC). All 24 team names have now also been confirmed in preparation for the inaugural season of Minor League Cricket, which will launch in Spring 2021.

The full list of teams, their cities and owners, is as follows:

Eastern Conference
Home CityTeam NameTeam Owners 
BostonNew England EaglesRavi Rao
Jack Patel
Nitin Mewada
Pawan Daruri
Ravi Uppalapati
New JerseyNew Jersey Somerset Cavaliers Cricket ClubSomerset Cavaliers Cricket Club
New JerseyNew Jersey StallionsVenu Palaparthi
Ravikumar Suri
New YorkEmpire State TitansEmpire State Cricket LLC
PhiladelphiaThe PhiladelphiansWilliam (Ernie) Precious
Murali Kailashnath
Santhosh Kandasamy
Mayurnath Sankar Rao
Sathya Narayana C.V
Jaisri Murahari
Washington DCDC HawksRajit Passey
Western Conference
Home CityTeam NameTeam Owners 
Bay PeninsulaSilicon Valley StrikersbInfinite, LLC
East Bay Bay Blazers Premkumar Suri and Partners
Los Angeles Hollywood Master BlastersJanak Patel
Los Angeles SoCal LashingsAbhimanyu Rajp
Deepak Gosain
SacramentoGolden State GrizzliesMajor League Cricket
San DiegoSan Diego Surf RidersRajinder S. Ghai
Gangaram Singh
Sanjit Menezes
Jimmy Anklesaria
Ram Madabushi
Central Conference
Home CityTeam NameTeam Owners 
AustinAustin AthleticsManish Patel and Partners
ChicagoChicago BlastersIftekhar Shareef
Khurram Syed
American Cricket Academy and Club
ChicagoChicago CatchersShiraz Najam, Cricket management group LLC
DallasIrving MustangsLovkesh Kalia
HoustonHouston HurricanesTanweer Ahmed
MichiganMichigan Cricket StarsNabeel Ahmed
Southern Conference
Home CityTeam NameTeam Owners 
AtlantaAtlanta FireMohammed Hasan Tarek 
Atlanta Atlanta Param VeersJayesh Patel
Ft. LauderdaleFt. Lauderdale LionsKrishna Persaud
MiamiFlorida BeamersCricket management group LLC
MorrisvilleMorrisville CardinalsPraveen Chakraraj and Partners
OrlandoOrlando GalaxyRahul Joshi
Kunal Patel
Ravi Panchal
Mangesh Chaudhari

Sameer Mehta and Vijay Srinivasan of American Cricket Enterprises stated, “We have spent the last several weeks onboarding franchise owners. We have always been aware of the deep-rooted enthusiasm for cricket in the United States. However, the passion that this group of owners has for growing cricket in this country far exceeded any expectations we had when we commenced this process. We are excited to embark on this journey with them and look forward to the upcoming Minor League Cricket Draft.”

In consultation with team owners, the decision has been made to reschedule the Minor League Cricket Draft for Saturday, August 22nd. This decision was made to provide teams with additional time to evaluate players and allow further planning in advance of the Draft. All players who have completed the player registration process will be eligible to be drafted onto a MiLC team for the upcoming Franchise Exhibition Matches. Players who are selected will be notified by Minor League Cricket, with final team rosters to be announced publicly in due course.

As previously outlined, all Franchise Exhibition Matches in 2020 will be scheduled between the MiLC franchises within their respective region to minimize travel requirements. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no formal competition, league structure or trophy at stake in 2020, and these matches will only proceed in conjunction with all local, county, and state authorities’ guidelines.

The Minor League Cricket Player Registration portal can be found here: https://www.majorleaguecricket.com/minorleaguecricket.