Major League Cricket unveils Betway as official partner


Major League Cricket announced today the historic first season of the competition will be “Powered by Betway,” striking a partnership with the leading global online betting and gaming brand.

MLC’s inaugural match takes place on Thursday, July 13, at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas, with the Texas Super Kings facing off against the Los Angeles Knight Riders.

MLC will feature many of the best T20 players from around the world playing alongside the strongest domestic talent in the United States. Star players set to take part include Afghanistan T20 captain Rashid Khan, South African internationals Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and David Miller, West Indians Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, Australians Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch, England’s Jason Roy and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

Betway have built an extensive sponsorship portfolio across a number of sports around the world including soccer in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, along with tennis in eight countries and cricket in South Africa. The Super Group-owned brand continue their growth in the United States and are now live in eight states in America and have a presence across the NHL and NBA with a total of 11 partnerships.

Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, said: “It’s with great pride to announce that we’re powering the inaugural Major League Cricket season; the newest innovative cricket competition in the world. 

“Cricket is a globally renowned sport both we and our customers love, so we’re thrilled to be part of another new competition, which will aid the growth of the sport in the US and beyond.” 

Sameer Mehta, co-Founder of Major League Cricket, said: “Major League Cricket is bringing the world’s best cricketers to America, so it is fitting that the historic inaugural season will be “Powered by Betway,” who have become a renowned brand supporting global sports properties. We are thrilled by Betway’s commitment to growing cricket in America and we can’t wait for a memorable season to get underway soon.”

Eighteen matches will lead up to the inaugural MLC championship final on Sunday, July 30, with six teams set to compete: the Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings and Washington Freedom.