USA likely to start T20 league in 2021
USA Cricket are likely to start their own T20 league by 2021 and it can be possibly even earlier as the governing body announced a request for proposals (RFP) on Monday.
After all the top cricket nations introduced their very own T20 league, the emerging nations like Afghanistan also started their own T20 competition this year. And now it looks like Associate team USA are going to add more T20 league and become the first associate team to do so.
USA Cricket chairman Paraag Marathe said:
“This is an exciting time for cricket in the United States with the formation of our new Board of Directors, USA Cricket’s pending recognition as an ICC approved National Federation and the performance of our athletes on the field of play. This RFP continues on the positive momentum as we seek to build a successful and sustainable league domestically.”
“Newly released global research shows there are more than 20 million cricket fans in the United States. A well-run T20 professional league is the platform needed to engage existing fans and grow new ones to support the bullish vision this Board has for cricket in the US,” he added.
However, USA Cricket failed several times while attempting at domestic professional leagues during the USA Cricket Association (USACA) era. And the first was Pro Cricket, an eight-team T20 professional league started by New Jersey businessman Kal Patel that signed several international players as its marquee players including Robin Singh, Colin Miller, Ricardo Powell, Marlon Samuels, Franklyn Rose and Mervyn Dillon.
But it never managed to catch any attention from USACA and lasted only one season in 2004.