Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been appointed head coach of Orlando Galaxy ahead of the 2022 edition of the Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.
His son, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, plays for Galaxy, whose first match of this year’s Minor League Cricket Championship will be against the Morrisville Raptors in Florida on 25 June.
Orlando compete in the southern division of the Atlantic conference alongside the Raptors, Ft Lauderdale Lions, Atlanta Lightning and Atlanta Fire.
Chanderpaul will also be head coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League later this year. He has been West Indies Under-19 batting consultant, too.
Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, 268 ODIs and 22 T20Is from 1994 to 2015. He has the eighth-most runs in the history of Test cricket.
SA players in Minor League Cricket
Several former South African club, first-class and franchise cricketers are involved in the tournament, including:
- Heath Richards
- Luke Schofield
- Shadley van Schalkwyk
- Andries Gous
- Corne Dry
- Cody Chetty
- Obus Pienaar
- Justin Dill
- Carmi le Roux
- David White
- Calvin Savage
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
- Calvin Savage joins Chicago Tigers
- Seattle retain Shadley van Schalkwyk
- Corne Dry stays with Atlanta Fire
- Obus Pienaar moves to Morrisville
- Carmi le Roux joins Rusty Theron at Blazers