Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf and the all-rounder Shadab Khan have signed for San Fransisco Unicorns in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket (MLC) on Tuesday.
Rauf, 29, became the first top-flight Pakistani cricketer to be confirmed as an overseas pick in the MLC.
MLC, with a massive investment of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, is all set to be played from July 13 to 30 in Texas.
The two have been roped in by San Francisco Unicorns for the first-ever edition of the United States franchise-based T20 tournament. Khan and Rauf are expected to be available for the entire season. They aren’t part of Pakistan’s Test squad for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which clashes with MLC 2023.
According to a report by Cricket Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the MLC management to pay $25,000 for each player’s participation in the league.
Texas Super Kings, Seattle Orcas, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Los Angeles Knight Riders, and Washington Freedom are the six franchises that will take part in the competition. MLC is scheduled to be played between July 13 to July 30. The teams will battle it out in a total of 19 matches for the championship trophy