Rajasthan Royals (RR) batting all-rounder Liam Livingstone has left the IPL 2021 bio bubble (bio-safe environment) and left for England
Rajasthan Royals confirmed that Livingstone cited feeling tired of staying in the bio bubble as a reason for going back. The franchise said in a statement, “We understand and respect their decision. We will continue to support them in every way. “
It is notable that Livingstone has been in many bio-bubbles for the last six months. He was also part of the England team, which toured South Africa last year, before entering the Big Bash League’s Bio Bubble to be associated with the Perth Scorchers for two months.
The 27-year-old Livingstone recently toured India with the England limited-overs team after becoming runners-up in the Big Bash League.
During this time, he made his ODI debut against India in Ahmedabad and played the last match of the series, he came in the Rajasthan Royals bio bubble, but now he has returned to England citing feeling tired in the bio-bubble.
Before the start of IPL 2021, Josh Hazlewood of Chennai Super Kings, Josh Philippe of Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mitchell Marsh of Sunrisers Hyderabad also decided to stay out of the IPL for the same reason.
At the same time, recently, Indian captain Virat Kohli also requested to re-discuss the schedule of bio-bubble in this challenging time.
Livingstone’s departure from the IPL is another setback for Rajasthan, as he is already playing without key players Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes was ruled out of the current season of the Indian Premier League due to a fracture in his left-hand finger.
He suffered a finger injury while fielding in the team’s first match against Punjab Kings. The piece of glass from Jofra Archer’s finger has been removed by surgery. The England Cricket Board had feared that Archer might be available after 4 matches but so far no information has been released on his health benefits.