DALLAS, TX (AUGUST 01, 2023) – The inaugural edition of Major League Cricket came to a blistering end on Sunday as Nicholas Pooran’s magnificent century helped MI New York take down Seattle Orcas by seven wickets in the grand finale at Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas.

MI New York emerged as the Major League Cricket champions after defeating Seattle Orcas in the Final on Sunday

Satya Nadella, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft and Co-Owner of the Seattle Orcas, may have been on the wrong side of the result on the final night of the competition, but he hopes to see MLC attract new cricket fans in the US, “Sport unites people and it breaks down walls. The US is the sports market of the world. It’s fantastic to see cricket come here. I hope we can attract a lot of new fans to the game.”
When asked about his experience of bowling the first delivery of the Final, Nadella said, “I am glad I had the chance to deliver the opening ball. The ball actually spun and it was on the middle stump. I am thrilled about it.”
The Chairman and CEO of Microsoft also spoke about his fandom for cricket, “The first-ever cricket game I watched was a Ranji Trophy match between Bombay and Hyderabad. I am a big Indian cricket team fan and I am a fan of whoever has been helping us win over the years.”
The inaugural edition of Major League Cricket was played between 13-30 July 2023.


Major League Cricket (MLC) is the first professional Twenty20 franchise cricket championship in the United States. Exclusively sanctioned by USA Cricket, MLC features superstar players from around the globe, bringing world-class T20 cricket to America. Six teams will compete in MLC’s inaugural season from July 13-30, 2023: the Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings and Washington Freedom.


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