Stars To Look Out For | MLC 2024

Major League Cricket 2024: Star Cricketers You Need to Look For in MLC 2024

The Major League Cricket (MLC) 2024 is set to start on 6th July 2024 (according to IST, the date is on 5th June) where the defending champions MI New York will compete against Seattle Orcas at Church Street Park in Morrisville. Six different teams are participating in the 2nd edition of the tournament namely:

  1. Texas Super Kings
  2. Los Angeles Knight Riders
  3. Washington Freedom
  4. MI New York
  5. Seattle Orcas
  6. San Francisco Unicorns

The finals of the tournament will be played on 29th July 2024 (Monday) at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

A total of 24 matches will be played in the T20 format and these are the two main venues that host the MLC 2024 tournament namely:

  1.  Church Street Park, Morrisville: 9 matches
  2.  Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. 16matches

Overseas players from England, South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and Pakistan will be representing the above-mentioned six teams. According to the reports, the Australian test captain Pat Cummins has accepted a 4-year deal with the San Francisco Unicorns.

In this review, we will find out interesting facts about the top-performing players from each team in MLC 2024.

6 Best Performers You Can Expect in MLC 2024

Let’s take a look at these 6 best players who are expected to deliver an impressive performance in the most awaited MLC 2024 tournament: 

1. Jason Roy (Los Angeles Knight Riders):

English Cricketer Jason Roy is a part of the Knight Riders family, which means that he represents the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. However, the 33-year-old right-handed batter opted out of IPL 2024 to improve his physical and mental fitness. Jason is expected to play for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2024.

Jason Roy is one of those two representatives from England at Major League Cricket 2024, and he might miss a few matches of the T20 Blast for his team Surrey and Northern Superchargers for the forthcoming Hundred campaigns. This is because the schedule of these two tournaments conflicts with the MLC 2024.

In his recent match, the former England opening batter was in decent form by scoring 55 runs against Gloucestershire in his recent match. Interestingly, Jason will play under Sunil Narine’s captaincy, the former teammate of Surrey and Oval Invincible.

2. Rashid Khan (MI New York):

Ranked as one of the best T20 players in the world, the Afghanistan T20I captain Rashid Khan is expected to create a sensation for his team MI New York this season.

After facing an injury in the first few months of this year, Rashid made a massive comeback. The 25-year-old Afghan all-rounder was in his best form in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, where he guided Afghanistan to the first-ever semi-final in an ICC tournament. Also, he ranked as the 5th highest wicket-taker of T20 World Cup 2024 by taking 14 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 12.79.

Rashid Khan’s presence will add a new dimension to MI New York’s batting and bowling lineup throughout the season.

3. Pat Cummins (San Francisco Unicorns):

Australia’s red-ball cricket captain Pat Cummins is one of the most exciting players in the San Francisco Unicorns’ squad you need to watch out for sure. His four-year contract with the team highlights his dedication to the tournament. 

The 31-year-old pace bowler led Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL 2024 finals by exhibiting one of the best performances with the ball. Initially, he was declared as the most expensive player in the IPL 2024 auction. A few moments later his international cricket teammate Mitchell Starc created a sensation by becoming the most expensive player in IPL history.

Liam Plunkett  — the English World Cup winner, who was later excluded from the England cricket team after the ODI World Cup in 2019, moved to the US and will be Cummins’s teammate in MLC.

4. Aaron Jones (Seattle Orcas) :

With his match-winning knock of 94 runs against Canada in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024, Aaron Jones rose to stardom within a short span.

Instantly, Jones became the core player of the USA cricket team, and he took over the captaincy from the injured Monank Patel. The 29-year-old cricketer’s brilliant leadership skills guided his team to a thrilling super-over win against Pakistan. As a result, the USA led by Aaron Jones qualified for the Super 8s of the tournament.

It is expected that Aaron with his fantastic performance is expected to break the American Market and take the MLC tournament to greater heights.

Interestingly, South African power-hitting batters namely Quinton de Kock and Henrich Klaasen, who played a crucial role in guiding their team to the maiden World Cup final, will be Jones teammates in MLC 2024 representing Seattle Orcas.

5. Faf du Plessis (Texas Super Kings):

The former South African captain, Faf du Plessis has great potential to lead Texas Super Kings in MLC 2024.

The 39-year-old cricketer has been a core opening batter for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise in IPL for many seasons and later he became the captain of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB).

Along with Faf, the present South African T20 skipper Aiden Markram and the trio combination of New Zealand cricketers namely Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, and Devon Conway are expected to strengthen the batting unit.

6. Glenn Maxwell (Washington Freedom):

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has played in T20 Blast representing the teams Yorkshire and Lancashire. The 35-year-old cricketer will consider this tournament important and aim to make an essential contribution to his team Washington Freedom, after facing a disappointing IPL and a slow T20 World Cup campaign this year.

Along with Maxwell, his international cricket teammates Steve Smith, and Travis Head along with the USA’s star players of the T20 World Cup Andries Gous and Saurabh Netravalkar are expected to create a sensation in MLC 2024.

MLC 2024: Everything You Need To Know About

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