Pakistani cricketers to play for Indian franchise

Major Cricket League will be played in the USA

By Web Desk
March 20, 2023
From L to R - Imran Khan Sr, Ehsan Adil, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan - PCB

Pakistani cricketers Hammad Azam and Ehsan Adil, who reportedly shifted to the USA for pursuing their cricket careers over there, have been picked up by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians' team New York for the upcoming inaugural edition of Major Cricket League (MLC). 

Taking to social media, IPL's successful franchise announce their participation in the first-ever MLC which will be played in the USA in July this year. In another post, the franchise revealed its picks in the draft and it included two Pakistani players. 

Hammad played for Pakistan in 11 ODIs and five T20Is from 2011 to 2015. He last played an international match back in 2015 against Zimbabwe. 

On the other hand, Ehsan represented Pakistan in three Tests and six ODIs. He also played for Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2015. 

Another Pakistani cricketer Sami Aslam, who moved to USA in search of a cricket career there, has been picked up by Texas team. 

About MLC

MLC will be first-of-its-kind cricket tournament in America. After the USA started investing in cricket, this tournament will pave the way for shaping the sport's future in the country. 

It will be a franchise-based tournament that will be played at Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, near Dallas from July 13 to 30. 

As many as six franchises are taking part in this tournament. IPL franchise Mumbai Indians bought New York whereas Shahrukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders have Los Angeles Knight Riders in MLC. The other franchises include Washington Freedom, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas team (Name not yet decided).