Australia’s Smith joins Washington Freedom before MLC cricket season

The former Australian cricket captain will play in the US-based league after the conclusion of T20 World Cup on June 29.

Australia's Steve Smith throws a cricket ball.
Australia's Steve Smith fields the ball during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand in India, on October 28, 2023. [Ashwini Bhatia/AP Photo]

Australia batter Steve Smith will play for Washington Freedom in the second season of Major League Cricket (MLC) in the United States.

The Washington DC-based team – which is one of six inaugural franchises to play in the MLC – made the Smith announcement on Thursday.

Smith, who has played just four Twenty20 internationals for Australia since the start of 2023, went unsold at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held in December last year. He competed for the Sydney Sixers in the 2023-24 Big Bash League (BBL).

The 34-year-old will be reunited with former teammate Ricky Ponting, who was appointed coach of Washington Freedom in February.

Last year, Smith was named brand ambassador to Washington Freedom, who have a high-performance partnership with New South Wales, his domestic team in Australia.

Washington Freedom finished third in the inaugural season of the six-team T20 tournament. The second edition of MLC is set to begin on July 4, following the conclusion of this year’s T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies.

Source: News Agencies