Former Western Province, Boland and South Africa Under-19 all-rounder Justin Dill will represent the New Jersey Stallions in the United States of America’s Minor League Cricket.
The 26-year-old Dill made 35 first-class appearances in South African domestic cricket from 2013 and 2021 – and is in the process of relocating to the USA for three years.
“I’m very grateful to be on a three-year contract with American Cricket Enterprises,” Dill told Club Cricket SA.
“To be given the platform to elevate my cricket and cricket in general in the US is something I am truly excited about, which with limited opportunities in SA, was not possible.
“I will be staying in New Jersey and play for the New Jersey Stallions. Minor League Cricket is going to be really exciting.
“Playing cricket in the US will be a new adventure and I’m really looking forward to it and being part of the growth in cricket in the US.
“If we have the opportunity to be picked in Major League Cricket, that would be a great platform and experience for me personally.”
Dill is among several South African cricketers moving to the US. Unlike the Knights’ Andries Gous, Cape Cobras’ Calvin Savage and others, though, he hasn’t played franchise cricket.
The New Jersey Stallions are in the eastern conference alongside the Empire State Titans, Somerset Cavaliers, New England Eagles, DC Hawks and Philadelphians.
Minor League Cricket is effectively a pathway to Major League Cricket, which will commence as a six-team tournament in 2022.