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Cricket news - Minor League Cricket inaugural season deferred to 2021

The league has been deferred to next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league has been deferred to next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) has decided to defer the inaugural season of the Minor League Cricket (MLC) due to the ongoing uncertainty and risk of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to sources close to ACE, the tournament originally supposed to be held later this month is now tentatively poised to commence in the spring of 2021.

The development, however, hasn't deterred the organizers in mulling the possibilities of staging a few exhibition games. It is expected that there will be a round of intra-conference exhibition games played between the teams for a period of about a month and a half starting September 5 after weighing in the Covid-19 impacts at the local level. The decision on the format and fixtures is expected to be announced by the third week of August.

Cricbuzz understands that ACE is determined to go forward with the player draft on August 15 and the subsequent formation of squads. This will be seen as a welcome move by over 2000 hopefuls who registered themselves on ACE's online player registration portal, vying for a place among one of 24 teams that have been previously announced. There is a high chance that the franchises would be allowed to retain their set of players and draft picks for the inaugural season next year with a view of making the players train together as a unit.

The decision on the team owners is expected to be made public over the course of next week. It is learnt that ACE garnered a buoyant response from the many benefactors of the US cricketing fraternity, receiving multiple applications for all the 24 teams spread across the US.

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