England, ECB, Liam Plunkett
Plunkett picked three wickets in the World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’ and, has claimed 96 ODI wickets at 28.01 in the four years more than any other England white-ball seamer. © AFP

Fast bowler Liam Plunkett is disappointed after he was overlooked in England’s list of centrally contracted white-ball players for 2019-20. Plunkett, who had a sensation World Cup 2019 campaign, including picking three wickets in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s, has claimed 96 ODI wickets at 28.01 in the four years more than any other England white-ball seamer.

However, the 34-year-old pacer has been considered past his prime according to the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Explaining the decision to leave out Plunkett, ECB’s Director of Cricket Ashley Giles praise his contribution to the game, but highlighted that his pace had dipped in recent seasons. “Plunkett has been … one of Eoin [Morgan]’s go-to men,” Giles said.

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“But moving into a new cycle of four years, before the 50-over World Cup and two T20 World Cups, he probably didn’t fit those future needs for the next 12-24 months, which is tough. He’s one of the most physical men we have in our line-ups. He’s incredibly fit and strong, but in terms of the numbers, I guess his paces have been down a little bit for some time.

“His best came in that role in the World Cup, and the World Cup final. He should be really proud of that achievement, and what they did as a team, but everything moves on for all of us.”

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Plukett took to Twitter on Friday and conceded that he was disappointed with the announcement. “I am really happy for all the boys who got contracted. I am not having a pop at anyone just disappointed I didn’t get one.”

Giles added: “We’re not saying that the door’s closed, but just in terms of the core of that team, which is where those contracts are offered, he probably just misses out. It’s difficult to be the person who puts that pen through the name, but that’s cricket.”