Rajasthan Royals recruit Liam Livingstone ready for an experience of a lifetime in the IPL

Sudhir Gupta 18/01/2019
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Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone.

England all-rounder Liam Livingstone is hoping to make the most of his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint when the tournament gets underway in March this year.

The 25-year-old was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals in the recent IPL auction held in Jaipur and joins a huge English contingent at the franchise which already includes Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer.

Having already been capped twice at the T20 level for England, Livingstone believes participating in the IPL will prove to be a huge learning curve for him.

“It’s going to be a life experience, as well as an experience on the field, because you can’t get that sort of big-game experience anywhere else in the world apart from international cricket. It is going to be a great learning curve,” Livingstone told ESPNCricinfo.

The right-hander has previously paid professional cricket alongside Stokes and Buttler and he hopes that factor will help him settle down quickly at Rajasthan Royals.

Livingstone can also bowl some handy part-time spin.

Livingstone can also bowl some handy part-time spin.

“I’ve played cricket with Ben at Cumbria and Jos at Lancs (Lancashire), so I think that will be the best part of it, some familiar faces. It’s great to be going to a franchise with guys I already know, so hopefully that’ll help me settle into the environment a little quicker,” the all-rounder said.

With Archer on the verge of qualifying for England, there could be as many as four Englishmen in the Royals squad during the 2019 edition of the IPL. Livingstone is hoping this fact will make them the most followed IPL team back in England.

“It’s obviously great to have the English contingent, and that’ll give us a big following back home in England, for people who don’t really support a team in the IPL, they’ll see four English lads in one squad and take a lot of interest in that,” he stated.

Despite concerns over the clash with the country’s upcoming general elections, the 2019 edition of the IPL will take place in India itself and has been proposed to get underway on March 23.

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Entire IPL 2019 to be held in India despite clash with elections

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The entire 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in India, the BCCI said on Tuesday after speculation that a portion of the tournament could be held outside the country due to a clash with general elections.

The IPL is scheduled to be held from March 23 and expected to last close to two months. The general elections are likely to be held around April-May.

The BCCI said a decision had been reached to hold the tournament in the country and added the dates will be announced later.

“Based on preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world’s most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be played in India,” BCCI said in a statement.

In 2014, the UAE hosted the first two weeks of the IPL as it clashed with the general elections. The entire 2009 edition took place in South Africa, again to avoid a similar situation.

In those instances, the central and state governments had expressed their inability to provide adequate security for matches. However, this time it is believed the IPL matches will be held at venues where elections are not being held. Since the Indian elections are held in phases across various states, it is suggested the IPL will simply move from one location to the other depending on the election schedule.

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Faf du Plessis is worried about the workload of bowlers like Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said the workload of his players during IPL 2019 is a concern as the T20 tournament is scheduled to end right before the World Cup in England.

The IPL is scheduled to start at the end of March and finish around middle of May. That leaves South African players about two weeks to recover ahead of their World Cup opener against England on May 30.

“The obvious one for me is the IPL,” du Plessis said. “The IPL is just before the World Cup, and the last thing you want is one of your bowlers getting injured just before the tournament. That’s a concern for us, seeing how we can play that scenario out best.

“With Dale [Steyn], or KG [Rabada] or any other bowlers, in terms of workload, the World Cup is still quite a while away. Probably you’ll see that closer to the World Cup we’ll think about stuff like managing workloads.”

Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada is set to play for Delhi Capitals in the IPL. Ahead of the second Test against Pakistan in Cape Town, Rabada admitted he has “been feeling a bit tired the past three months”.

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