Surrey and England fast bowler Liam Plunkett will leave English cricket at the end of the current season to sign with Major League Cricket in the USA.
Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga have pulled out of the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) along with England pacer Liam Plunkett, dealing a huge blow to the tournament even before its take-off.
Irfan Pathan has signed a contract to play in the Lanka Premier League for the Kandy Tuskers.
Liam Plunkett's wife is American and they are likely to settle in the United States.
Liam Plunkett was disappointed at not being offered an England limited-overs central contract for the 2020 season.
Steve Smith will skipper Welsh Fire in English cricket's new Hundred competition two years after being stripped of the Australia captaincy for his role in a ball-tampering scandal.
Apart from few brilliant individual performances, England also needed some luck and bowling all-rounder Liam Plunkett thinks they had plenty going their way.
Liam Plunkett warns Australia that England are a "different sort of animal" from their predecessors as they prepare for their blockbuster World Cup semi-final.
England won their last two league matches against India and New Zealand to qualify for the semi-finals of World Cup 2019.
Hosts England take on Pakistan in what should be an enticing World Cup 2019 league contest on Monday.