Former England fast bowler Liam Plunkett will coach several South African stars during a training camp and series of fixtures in Texas, United States of America next month.
Plunkett has been named coach of the Major League Cricket east squad, which features former South African first-class cricketers Dane Piedt, Justin Dill, Cody Chetty, Corne Dry and Obus Pienaar.
Other South Africans are involved as well, including all-rounders Calvin Savage and Andries Gous with the Major League Cricket central squad and trio David White, Shadley van Schalkwyk and Carmi le Roux in the Major League Cricket west team.
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What Major League Cricket said
“There will be an elite training camp and series of Houston Challenge matches at the MLC National Cricket Center at Prairie View Cricket Complex near Houston, Texas, from 26 March to 10 April 2022,” read a statement from Major League Cricket.
“The training camp and series of matches will feature three teams of professional cricketers from Major League Cricket’s pool of players. MLC has also invited USA Cricket to send a representative squad to participate in the series of matches from 4 to 10 April and will confirm the match schedule pending confirmation from USAC.
“The MLC roster has been divided into squads representing the central, eastern and western regions from the more than three dozen professional cricketers now residing in the United States and helping to raise the standard of the sport across the country.
“MLC-contracted players expected to participate include former New Zealand international Corey Anderson, 2012 Under-19 World Cup winners Unmukt Chand and Smit Patel, 2021 Minor League Cricket MVP Hammad Azam, former South African international Dane Piedt, Pakistan batter Sami Aslam and Sri Lankan Shehan Jayasuriya.
“The camp and matches will provide elite, high-level competition for players ahead of a packed 2022 schedule that includes the return of Minor League Cricket in June.
“In time, Major League Cricket will be the first professional T20 cricket championship in the United States. Exclusively sanctioned by USA Cricket, Major League Cricket will feature top players from around the globe while also providing an opportunity for domestic cricketers to showcase their talents to a global audience, bringing world-class T20 cricket to America for the first time.”