Former England International fast bowler Liam Plunkett will quit English cricket at the end of this season to play Major League Cricket in the United States. As a new start to his career, Plunkett has chosen to work as an Academy coach for The Philadelphians, a team in the Eastern Division of Minor League Cricket, recently launched as a level below the major league set-up. Plunkett is going to leave dorm Surrey, a first-class cricket club in England announced to join in America, where he would be player-cum-coach for Philadelphians.
The 36-year-old Plunkett played a pivotal role in England’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2019. In a recently given interview with Surrey CCC website, he said, “I would like to thank everyone at Surrey for the support and backing I have received over the last three years, 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 have 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.”
Plunkett has played 124 matches for England national team in various formats where he scored over 6000 runs in total. He has also taken 201 wickets for England. Apart from that he has been part of over 500 matches in first-class and List A cricket competitions as well.