With his future in England team looking pretty much done and dusted, fast-bowler Liam Plunkett says he would be open to playing for the United States in the future. Liam Plunkett has fallen down the pecking order after helping England win the World Cup last year.
In fact, he has not played for the team since the World Cup which ended in July. Not only that, ECB also snubbed him from the list of 55 players who were asked to return to training last week. With the ECB making it pretty clear that Liam Plunkett does not feature in their plans, the right-arm pacer, whose wife is American, is contemplating the prospect of switching teams.
“It would be nice be involved in some sort of cricket over there,” he was quoted as saying by BBC.
“My kids might be American, so it would be quite cool to say to them that I played for England and the US,” he added.
The USA earned one-day international status at the beginning of 2019 and can already call upon former West Indies batsman Xavier Marshall, Hampshire all-rounder Ian Holland and ex-South Africa pace bowler Rusty Theron. As far as Liam Plunkett is concerned, he would have to serve a three-year residency period in order to be eligible to play.
“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.
“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,” added the World Cup-winner.
So far, Liam Plunkett has represented England in 13 Tests, 89 ODIs and 22 T20Is. He has picked up a total of 201 wickets across formats in addition to scoring two international fifties too.