World Cup winning English pacer wants to play for United States
The doors of the England national team are unofficially closed for English veteran pacer Liam Plunkett. So the Surrey cricketer, Plunkett has expressed interest in playing for the United States in the near future.
After winning the ODI World Cup at home last summer, Plunkett has no longer played for England. He was not even named in the 55 players who were asked to join the practice last week. As a result, he has to think anew about his future.
“It would be nice be involved in some sort of cricket over there,” Plunkett told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show. “My kids might be American, so it would be quite cool to say to them that I played for England and the US.”
USA has achieved ODI status in 2019. West Indies batsman Xavier Marshall, Hampshire all-rounder Ian Holland and ex-South Africa pace bowler Rusty Theron have already been called up for the team.
The 35-year-old pacer’s wife is an American. But Plunkett, who wants to settle in the United States in the future, will have to live three years to qualify for the national team there.
“I’m English and I’ll always be an Englishman, but if I’m still fit and there’s an opportunity to play at the highest level, why would I not take it?”
he said of his chances of playing for the United States.
“If I go over there and end up being a US citizen, or have a green card, I can help the development, especially being someone who has just finished with England. It would be nice to get involved in that.”
Plunkett has taken 41 wickets in 13 Tests, 135 wickets in 89 ODIs and 25 wickets in 22 T20s in England’s jersey. He was also one of the members of the English team that won the 2019 World Cup.