South Western Districts batsman Heath Richards has been named in the Atlanta Lightning’s squad for the 2022 edition of the Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.
Richards was capped at T20, List a and first-class level by South Western Districts from 2019 to 2021.
The Lightning are new to the Minor League Cricket Championship and, alongside the Chicago Tigers, have replaced the Atlanta Param Viers and Chicago Catchers.
The Lightning will compete in the southern division of the Atlantic 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
- 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
- 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
- Joshua, Matthew Tromp join MiLC
- Carmi le Roux joins Rusty Theron at Blazers