Dolphins batsman Marques Ackerman has joined the Chicago Tigers for the 2022 edition of the Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.
The Tigers recently announced Ackerman as a wild card selection.
He will be team-mates with former Dolphins and Cape Cobras all-rounder Calvin Savage at the Tigers.
The Tigers are new to the Minor League Cricket Championship and, alongside the Atlanta Lightning, have replaced the Atlanta Param Viers and Chicago Catchers.
The Tigers compete in the central division of the Pacific Conference.
SA players in Minor League Cricket
Several other former South African club, first-class and franchise cricketers are involved in the tournament, including:
- Shadley van Schalkwyk
- Luke Schofield
- Andries Gous
- Cody Chetty
- Corne Dry
- Obus Pienaar
- Justin Dill
- Carmi le Roux
- David White
- Heath Richards
International stars in Minor League Cricket
Many former international cricketers play in the Minor League Cricket Championship, too, including:
- Liam Plunkett (England)
- Rusty Theron (South Africa)
- Dane Piedt (South Africa)
- Corey Anderson (New Zealand)
- Sami Aslam (Pakistan)
- Narsingh Deonarine (West Indies)
- Xavier Marshall (West Indies)
- Shehan Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
- Angelo Perera (Sri Lanka)
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Minor and Major League Cricket emergence
The Silicon Valley Strikers are the title holders in the Minor League Cricket Championship. They beat the New Jersey Stallions in the 2021 final.
Minor League Cricket is effectively a pathway to Major League Cricket, which is due to launch in 2023 as a six-team tournament akin to other successful T20 brands around the world.
It has received significant investment from Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella, the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and other cricket and business personalities.
More Minor League Cricket (MiLC), USA, news
- SWD’s Heath Richards joins Atlanta Lightning
- Dane Piedt leaves DC Hawks
- Justin Dill exits New Jersey Stallions
- Cody Chetty retained by Hollywood
- Seattle retain Shadley van Schalkwyk
- Corne Dry stays with Atlanta Fire
- Obus Pienaar moves to Morrisville
- Joshua, Matthew Tromp join MiLC
- Carmi le Roux joins Rusty Theron at Blazers