Liam Plunkett, a notable performer for England in the 2019 ODI World Cup, has left English Cricket to play in the Major League Cricket in the United States. He played 13 Tests, 89 ODI’s, and 22 T20I’s for the England national side. He will also play and coach for The Philadelphians, a team in the Eastern Division of Minor League Cricket, which was recently formed as a level below the major league set-up.

Plunkett was instrumental in England’s final victory over New Zealand, taking three wickets, including the big fish, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson. Unfortunately for him, he never really established into the England squad after that, as the team began to explore for other possibilities.

Plunkett informed the Surrey CCC website, “I would like to thank everyone at Surrey for the support and backing I have received over the last three years. As I move forward in my career, I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to join Major League Cricket and devote my efforts to helping the sport thrive in the United States.”

Cricket is not as well-known in the United States as some of the other main sports. However, as the sport grows in popularity among Americans, things are starting to change. Plunkett responded to a question on the current state of the game in America by saying, “I’m sure there’s a lot of skill there. You can witness some really good pros, as well as some good international players by just watching. Hopefully, along the road, the youngsters in the United States will be the ones to dominate the game, but it will take time.”

Plunkett recently represented Welsh Fire in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, his most recent international outing being in the 2019 World Cup final.