English fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who is currently playing for Surrey, will leave English cricket at the end of the current season to play Major League Cricket in the United States of America this year.
Plunkett, who made his debut for England in 2005 played 13 Tests, 89 ODIs and 22 T20Is for the country and went on to pick 41 wickets in Tests, 135 in ODIs and 25 in the shortest format.
The 36-year old will end his three-year stint with his county side Surrey at the end of this season to feature in an upcoming T20 league in America.
“I would like to thank everyone at Surrey for the support and backing I have received over the last three years. It is an incredible Club, and it was an honour to have represented them.
“The opportunities and professionalism provided by being part of the Surrey team is an experience I will cherish and take with me in my future endeavours. I would like to send my gratitude and best wishes to Alec and the rest of the Surrey family.
“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’ve 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,” the 36-year-old seam bowling all-rounder said in a statement on Surrey Cricket Club’s website.
Major League Cricket is a new American T20 league that will be launched in 2023. The Minor Cricket League, which was launched earlier this year will act as a development league for the MCL. Plunkett will be playing for The Philadelphians in the MCL.