The news came in as a massive blow to the Melbourne Renegades’ BBL 12 campaign, as Liam Livingstone has withdrawn himself from the tournament scheduled in December.
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Notably, Livingstone has cited his increased international workload as the solitary reason behind this decision.
England won the recently concluded T20 World Cup and he was a part of the 7-match T20I series against Pakistan as well.
Livingstone was drafted by the Melbourne Renegades with the first pick in the inaugural KFC BBL Draft and was expected to be available for the club’s first eight games of the season before leaving for the upcoming SA20.
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Reacting to Livingstone’s withdrawal from the event, Renegades General Manager James Rosengarten expressed his disappointment and wished the swashbuckling English batter the best for his Test venture.
“We’re obviously disappointed that we won’t have Liam as part of our team this summer, but we understand his decision. Liam is a fantastic cricketer and there’s a reason we used our first pick in the draft to select him, said Rosengarten
“Since then, his schedule has changed with added international duties, and we wish him the best as he pushes for a Test debut.”
Hobart Hurricanes have drafted, Zak Crawley in their squad
Crawley, who will be with the England team for a three-match Test series in Pakistan at the start of the BBL season has been announced as the replacement for Shadab Khan, for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.
Crawley will miss some matches in the second half of the tournament owing to national commitment.
The right-handed batter expressed his excitement to play in the Big Bash League down under.
The 24-year-old has recorded decent numbers in domestic T20s, hammering 1284 runs at an average of 29.86 and a strike rate of 145.08.