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Steve Smith looking to join Major League Cricket in USA- Reports

The inaugural season of MLC is all set to start on the 13th of July this year in Texas and the league is estimated to be worth 174 million Australian dollars.

Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century against Sydney Thunder. (FILE)

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Australian star cricketer Steve Smith is looking to join Major League Cricket (MLC) in the United States next year according to  FOX Cricket.

“We’ve been in touch with Steve about his plans and what he’s thinking,” MLC co-founder Sameer Mehta told News Corp.

“What he’d love to do at some point is play cricket in the US as his schedule permits,” he added.

Mehta further said “His view was that if he could make it work and if we could make it work – I know this season, he has commitments. I don’t know what the Australian calendar is next year but I believe there is enough space for him to potentially play.”

Mehta also said Smith will play an active role in the tournament in the future as he said,“Long-term … our view is that we might see a lot of him in the US.”

Smith himself in September last year said, “There’s obviously leagues popping up everywhere around the world now, and I think you’ll probably see more players in the back end of their career going down that route, so it’s potentially something I’ll look at in the future.”

“The US has been a market that cricket’s been trying to get into for some time. So yeah, I think it’d be interesting to see how it goes,” he added.

However, Smith cannot participate in this year’s competition as Australia will tour England for the five-match Test series for the Ashes. In 2024 after the T20 World Cup which is also to be hosted in the USA along with West Indies Smith will have a window to play in the league.

The inaugural season of MLC is all set to start on the 13th of July this year in Texas and the league is estimated to be worth 174 million Australian dollars.

Each of the six franchises is based in San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City the teams will have a $1.5 million salary cap and can secure 18 players, with a maximum of seven overseas players.

Indian Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are some of the notable names who have invested in the league.

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