By Gulshan Singh
Cricket, the globe’s second-favorite sport, is escalating in popularity across the U.S. This year started with a bang as Major League Cricket (MLC) attracted top international players and coaches with a $100 million investment. It drew over 70,000 fans in its debut year alone. Austin, Texas’ rapidly expanding capital, is also making significant strides in professional cricket.
The city’s pro cricket team, Austin Blasters, was established by WCI Academy, supported by Gary Kirsten Cricket and CoachED. In their maiden professional tournament, the Houston Premier League 2023, the Austin Blasters were captained by Corey Anderson, New Zealand’s former world-record holder for the fastest ODI century.
Ex-Australian speedster Burt Cockely has led this talented squad as head coach.
The team boasts international players like South Africa’s David White and Jamaica’s Ryan Scott, with young South African sensations Joshua and Matthew Tromp adding to the team’s potential.
To cultivate local talent, WCI Academy has initiated regular programs such as Summer Camp, Group Coaching, 1:1s, and Austin Youth League (AYL).
WCI players, spanning age groups from U10 to U19, consistently perform well in national tournaments like MLC Junior.
Stay tuned for more on Austin Blasters (AustinBlasters.com) and WCI Academy (WCICricket.com).