CBS Sports network to air select matches of Major League Cricket’s inaugural season

Action photo from one of the cricket matches of Major League Cricket in early 2023. PHOTO

Major League Cricket (MLC) of USA, announced July 14, 2023, that select matches in its inaugural season starting July 17 in Texas, will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. (

“The agreement brings America’s new professional cricket league, featuring many of the world’s top players competing in the United States for the first time, to one of the nation’s leading sports channels,” said in the press release.

According to information provided by MLC, programming on CBS Sports Network begins  Monday, July 17, as the Texas Super Kings face MI New York live from 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM, ET. Coverage continues on Friday, July 21, live from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, ET, featuring the Seattle Orcas and the Texas Super Kings. The San Francisco Unicorns take on the Texas Super Kings on Monday, July 24, with live coverage from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, ET.

The live broadcast will feature world class production, the cricket organization said, with a 30-camera set-up for the matches at Grand Prairie Stadium in North Texas and Church Street Park in North Carolina.

Famous cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar from India, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former New Zealand international Danny Morrison and former Zimbabwe international Mpumelelo Mbangwa are among the announcers. Other commentators include Natalie Germanos (South Africa) and Alan Wilkins (Wales) along with rising star Nikhil Uttamchandani (Barbados).

Six teams are competing in MLC’s inaugural season which began July 13 and will continue till July 30: the Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings and Washington Freedom.

Stars of the cricket world taking part in the matches include Afghanistan T20 captain Rashid Khan, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf, South African internationals Faf du Plessis and David Miller, West Indians Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell, Australians Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch, England’s Jason Roy and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

“Major League Cricket showcases the very best players from the world’s second most popular sport playing right here in America,” the Co-founder of MLC Vijay Srinivasan, is quoted saying in the press release. “Billions of fans worldwide love this sport and we’re delighted to bring adrenaline-packed matches taking place this July in front of sold-out crowds in Texas and North Carolina to the wide audience CBS Sports Network reaches,” Srinivasan added.

The new premier cricket-specific venue in the Dallas-area, Grand Prairie Stadium, will play host to 12 matches in the groundbreaking American professional cricket championship, with seven matches also taking part at Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina.



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