Shadley van Schalkwyk joins Silicon Valley Strikers for Minor League Cricket in USA

File image: Shadley van Schalkwyk.

Free State and Knights fast bowler Shadley van Schalkwyk has been drafted by the Silicon Valley Strikers for the inaugural Minor League Cricket tournament in the United States of America.

Van Schalkwyk, who has played professional cricket for a dozen years, was a so-called wildcard pick by the Strikers.

He will be team-mates with former West Indian batsman Narsingh Deonarine at the Silicon Valley outfit.

Former Proteas seamer Rusty Theron has been named in the Easy Bay Blazers squad.

The South African-born Willem Ludick, who plays first-class cricket in New Zealand, has been signed by the Austin Athletics.

The New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers have all-rounder Chandrapaul Hemraj, who is currently playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, and former West Indies batsman Xaveier Marshall.

The tournament was due to be played in 2020. It has been postponed to next year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Major League Cricket teams

Eastern conference

  • New England Eagles
  • New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers
  • New Jersey Stallions
  • The Philadelphians
  • Empire State Titans
  • DC Hawks

Western conference

  • Silicon Valley Strikers Bay
  • Bay Blazers
  • Hollywood Master Blasters
  • SoCal Lashings
  • Golden State Grizzlies
  • San Diego Surf Riders

Central conference

  • Austin Athletics
  • Chicago Blasters
  • Chicago Catchers
  • Irving Mustangs
  • Houston Hurricanes
  • Michigan Cricket Stars

Southern conference

  • Atlanta Fire
  • Atlanta Param Veers
  • Fort Lauderdale Lions
  • Florida Beamers Miami
  • Morrisville Cardinals
  • Orlando Galaxy

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