IPL 2021: Former Delhi Capitals pacer and England’s World Cup hero Liam Plunkett quits English cricket to join Major League Cricket in the US- Liam Plunkett has quit English cricket. He played 89 ODIs for England and was part of the 2019 World Cup final, in which he took three wickets, including that of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He also played a crucial role in England’s ODI World Cup win two years ago. He will have to serve a three-year residency period before becoming eligible to represent the USA team.
IPL 2021: Former Delhi Capitals pacer and England’s World Cup hero Liam Plunkett quits English cricket to join Major League Cricket in the US
The 36-year-old seam bowling all-rounder said in a statement on Surrey Cricket Club’s website: “Moving onto the next phase of my career, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Major League Cricket and focus my attention on helping to grow the sport in the United States.”
“I’ve enjoyed a fantastic career with England, and after retiring from international cricket, I am delighted to be able to help build the sport in America in both playing and coaching capacities,” he added.
Liam Plunkett’s test debut
Liam Plunkett made his test debut in 2005 but the all-rounder did not get to play a lot of Test matches for England in his initial years. However, he evolved into one of England’s best white-ball bowlers.
England won all seven of the World Cup matches he played. Both his economy rate – he conceded 4.85 runs per over – and average – his 11 wickets came at a cost of 24.11 apiece – were among the best in the competition.
Surrey Cricket Club announces Liam Plunkett’s departure:
Plunkett, 36, joined Surrey in 2019 – the year in which he played a key role in England’s extraordinary World Cup campaign, returning figures of 3/42 in the final that included the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
After leaving the Club at the end of the season, Plunkett will be heading to the USA, where he will sign with Major League Cricket, an ambitious new T20 league aiming to transform the American cricketing landscape.
Plunkett will also be supporting The Philadelphians, a team in the Eastern Division of Minor League Cricket, which was also recently launched to provide a level below the major league setup – coaching at a new Academy.
Speaking this week, Plunkett said: “I would like to thank everyone at Surrey for the support and backing I have received over the last three years. It is an incredible Club, and it was an honour to have represented them. The opportunities and professionalism provided by being part of the Surrey team is an experience I will cherish and take with me in my future endeavours. I would like to send my gratitude and best wishes to Alec and the rest of the Surrey family.
“Moving onto the next phase of my career, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Major League Cricket and focus my attention on helping to grow the sport in the United States. I’ve enjoyed a fantastic career with England, and after retiring from international cricket, I am delighted to be able to help build the sport in America in both playing and coaching capacities.
“In addition, I am looking forward to supporting the team closest to our home in the US by being able to play for The Philadelphians in Minor League Cricket.”
Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, added: “On behalf of everyone at the Club, we wish Liam the very best with his new challenge in America. Whenever he is in London, he will always be welcomed back to visit the Kia Oval.”