One of England’s key members of the World Cup-winning squad, Liam Plunkett, has not been in the reckoning for the national side post World Cup. Primarily used in the middle overs, Plunkett mastered the art of picking wickets in the middle phase of the game and make things happening for the bowling side. However, the 35-year old pacer has been overlooked since his brilliant show in the World Cup and is not included in the list of 55 players who were asked to return to training last week.
Plunkett said that he is open to playing for USA in the future if he stays fit and the opportunity arrives. During the BBC Radio 5 Live‘s Tuffers and Vaughan show, Plunkett said,
It would be nice to be involved in some sort of cricket over there. My kids might be American, so it would be quite cool to say to them that I played for England and the US.
Plunkett’s wife is an American and the pacer admitted he may settle there. He further added,
I’m an English and I’ll always be an Englishman, but if I’m still fit and there is an opportunity to play at the highest level, why would I not take it? If I go over there and end up being a US citizen, or the 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.
USA got the ODI status last year and have already got the services of Xavier Marshall and Rusty Theron, former West Indian and South African cricketers respectively. Plunkett might be another substantial addition to their squad once he completes the three-year residency criteria and be eligible.
With 201 international wickets, Plunkett admits that his English stint might be over, but he considers himself capable enough to play at the top level.