The tournament this year carries total prize money of US$100,000 and this has attracted some of the top T20 practitioners from around the world.
Top Mumbai Indians and West Indies all rounder Keiron Pollard has signed on and will be playing for the California Bears as their marquee player. The big right hander will be playing his first US Open T20 tournament and will come up against West Indian stars, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Evin Lewis. Pakistan’s Sohail Tanveer is also in the mix, as well as United States fast bowler Muhammad Ali Khan.
There will be three matches per day, except for the finals day on Sunday, which is reserved only for the championship match.
Players will be arriving from next week to join their respective clubs to begin training for the tournament. Defending champions US All Stars will be hard pressed to defend their crown, with the quality of players around the league this year. They have decided to draft Badree and Simmons to boost their team. They also have included in their ranks, the Guyana Amazon Warriors player Zeshawn Qureshi, a resident of Florida.