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Why Did Liam Plunkett Sign For The Philadelphians?

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In recent months, a lot of professional and even international cricketers are leaving their home countries and signing deals to play in the United States of America. The reason? The Major League Cricket and Minor League Cricket tournaments which have been planned since a couple of years now, is now a reality, and its commercial value is slowly rising as well.

Why Did Liam Plunkett Sign For The Philadelphians?

From India, it was only recently that former U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand announced his retirement from India to sign a deal to play in the USA. Now, Liam Plunkett from England has gone on to quit playing cricket in England to continue playing in the States, signing a 3-year deal with Major League Cricket, where he’s likely to adopt a player cum mentor role.

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Now 36 years old, Liam Plunkett has been a great servant of English cricket, representing them in 120+ international games across all three formats. Additionally, the highlight of his career came when he was part of the 2019 ICC World Cup winning squad. He has also been a long-serving member of Surrey Cricket Club but will now make the move to play for The Philadelphians in America.


Why is Liam Plunkett Playing in USA?

The first and most obvious reason that Plunkett chose to continue his cricketing career in USA is because he has continuously been shunned by the ECB selectors, having last played in the World Cup in 2019, while last playing the longest form for England in 2014. Like many cricketers across the world, he felt a bit betrayed by his board and has decided to quit England and make the move to USA.

Now not many people know about the second reason and that’s his wife. Yes, the English pacer has an American wife who he married in October 2018 in the Costwolds. In fact, his wife Emeleah Erb is from Philadelphia itself, and hence the main reason to sign for The Philadelphians in the Major League Cricket. Continuing to play cricket in England would only mean more time away from his wife.

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