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MI New York brings Mumbai Indians flavour to Major League Cricket

MAJOR LEAGUE CRICKET franchise, MI New York, have their roster full of players and coaches associated with its sister team; IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.

The New York team will feature in the inaugural edition of MLC, the biggest cricket league in the United States. Earlier today, they announced their roster, which features well-known names from IPL, international cricket as well as some major domestic talents.

A statement from the franchise said,

"Former SA & MI player and MI Cape Town General Manager Robin Peterson will be the head coach, joined by Mumbai Indians legend Lasith Malinga, as bowling coach. J Arun Kumar and James Pamment will take charge as the batting and fielding coaches respectively. Both Arun Kumar and Pamment were a part of the coaching team as assistant batting coach and fielding coach at Mumbai Indians.

Kieron Pollard played for Mumbai Indians for 13 seasons in the IPL, and in the last season retired from the IPL to take on the role of batting coach. He continues to play competitive cricket across the world and leads MI Emirates, under whom Trent Boult and Nicholas Pooran played.

Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, and Dewald Brevis play for Mumbai Indians, with Tim and Dewald joining their MI Cape Town team mates - Rashid Khan and Kagiso Rabada.

Veteran all-rounder David Wiese has been a key part of Namibia’s rise on the international circuit, playing a key role for them in each of the last two T20 World Cups.

At the MLC draft held on 19th March 2023, MI New York drafted 9 players - the first two USA-born players in the form of former captain Steven Taylor, all-rounder Nosthush Kenjige, current USA captain Monank Patel along with wicketkeeper Shayan Jahangir and fast bowler Kyle Phillip."

The league begins on 13th July and is already proving to be a hit among the Indian diaspora living in USA, who are excited to get the chance to see their favourite sports and many favourite players in action up close.

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