MLC 2024 – Steven Smith joins Washington Freedom in Main League Cricket

Steven Smith has been confirmed as a signing for Main League Cricket (MLC) franchise Washington Freedom forward of the second season of the event which begins on July 4. The transfer had been broadly tipped, with Smith having signed as a model ambassador for Freedom final yr, and with Australia’s worldwide schedule permitting a transparent window for him to take part by way of July.

In 2023, NSW gamers Moises Henriques, Tanveer Sangha and Ben Dwarshuis had been a part of Freedom’s squad, together with Sixers’ Josh Philippe.

Smith, who owns an house in New York, has beforehand mentioned it might be “fairly cool” to play within the USA.

Nevertheless, he faces a battle to earn a spot in Australia’s ultimate 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup, which shall be held in June, having been unable to play a lot T20 cricket in current instances. Since his prolific return to the BBL for Sydney Sixers within the 2022-23 season, the place he made 346 runs at a strike price of 174.74, Smith has performed two T20Is in India, two matches in final season’s BBL and as many video games in opposition to New Zealand in February, the place he made 11 and 4 whereas opening the batting.

However after the New Zealand collection, he mentioned he was relaxed about whichever approach the choice name for the T20 World Cup fell, with Australia having to call their preliminary squad by Could 1.

“I feel they’re fairly settled up high – to be sincere – with [Travis] Head, [David] Warner and [Mitchell] Marsh within the high three,” he had instructed AAP. “I am probably not certain what [selectors] need to do. I am probably not too fussed both approach. If I am there, I am there; if I am not, I am not.”

Smith joins Adam Zampa (Los Angeles Knight Riders), Spencer Johnson (Knight Riders) and Tim David (MI New York) as confirmed Australian signings for the second season of MLC, with extra anticipated to hitch for the event which begins instantly after the T20 World Cup within the USA and West Indies ends on June 29.

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