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Liam Plunkett, who played a pivotal role in England’s triumph in the World Cup 2019, has shown his interest in playing for the USA if he gets the opportunity. England cricketer’s wife is American, so he is also eager to get the citizenship of the US and play for them.
Liam Plunkett’s reaction came after his name was not included in the list of 55 players who were asked to return to training las week. The England Cricket Board (ECB) resumed individual practice sessions as they are scheduled to play against West Indies in July. Plunkett has been dropped from the national team after the mega event, so his inclusion in the upcoming series is also under question.
The pacer, who has represented England in 13 Tests, 89 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far, has said that he won’t give up the opportunity to play for the US. But to be eligible to play for them, Plunkett will have to serve a three-year residency period for which he is ready. He also added that he would be happy to introduce himself to his child as the father who has played for two countries.
“It would be nice to be involved in some sort of cricket over there,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show.
“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.
“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?” the Surrey bowler 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,” he further added.
Meanwhile, The USA earned one-day international status at the beginning of 2019. It can already call upon former West Indies batsman Xavier Marshall, Hampshire all-rounder Ian Holland and ex-South Africa pace bowler Rusty Theron.