Me Not Being Picked For England is Irrelevant Now: Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett (© IANS)

England pacer Liam Plunkett says the global health crisis triggered by the rapid spread of coronavirus has put his England axing in context with cricket taking a backseat in the current environment.

Despite playing a vital role in England’s maiden ODI World Cup title win last year, Plunkett was ignored by the team management and not offered a limited-overs contract. The right-arm pacer had expressed his disappointment at the snub but the topic seems ‘irrelevant’ now.

“Cricket doesn’t look so big now,” Plunkett told the Sunday Times. “All the stuff about me not being picked for England, it’s irrelevant. I was disappointed, but I’ve got no need to speak about that now. Like everyone, I want my family and friends to be safe, and that’s all I’m worried about.”

The 35-year-old, who has taken 201 international wickets across formats, feels that whenever cricket returns, it will have an important role in helping the world move forward following the pandemic.

“Sport is going to have an important role to play. Cricket will be a spectacle (when it comes back). People are going to be glued to it. It will be interesting to see how keen people will be to go to the grounds, but it could be like a Super Bowl, everyone sitting around watching live sport. It might get really big audiences,” he said.

Cricket events in England have been suspended at least till May 28 and with the crisis showing no signs of abating, the current state of affairs could be extended for some time to come.