Last Update on: August 12th, 2022 at 03:09 pm
England batter Liam Livingstone showed excitement over his latest signing with the Cape Town franchise in South Africa’s new T20 league. Livingstone on Thursday was revealed as one of the five signings of the MI Cape Town team for Cricket South Africa’s T20 league.
Livingstone has played 196 T20 games in his franchise career for more than seven years and aggregates 4862 runs at a strike rate of 146.35. The Lancashire batter is a great hitter of the ball achieving the longest six (117m) in the IPL 2022 off Mohammed Shami’s bowling.
Can’t wait to play in front of you all: Liam Livingstone
Livingstone played for Punjab Kings in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League amassing 437 runs at 36.42 with the highest score of 70 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 29-year-old has a couple of centuries in the shortest format, including the thunderous 103 against Pakistan last year in Nottingham.
“Hello MI family, it’s Liam Livingstone here, I can’t wait to get on the plane to Cape Town and join up with my new teammates. Our whole squad, you fans, and the amazing atmosphere in Cape Town, it promises to be a very enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to play in front of you all and hopefully I will see you all soon,” Livingstone said in a video posted on the official Twitter page of MI Cape Town.
We have taken the first step to building the MI philosophy: Aakash Ambani
The Cape Town outfit has signed South African players Kagiso Rabada and Dewald Brevis for the inaugural season of South Africa’s T20 league. Rabada played with Livingstone for Punjab Kings and finished the tournament as the team’s leading wicket-taker with 23 scalps in 13 games.
On the other hand, 19-year-old Brevis made his debut IPL season for five-time winners Mumbai Indians, although his participation was limited to just seven games. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who was an integral part of Gujarat Titans’ title-winning season, has signed with the Cape Town outfit along with England all-rounder Sam Curran.
“With our direct player signings, we have taken the first step towards building the MI philosophy – having a strong core around which the team will be planned. I am glad to welcome Rashid, Kagiso, Liam, Sam and happy to have Dewald continue with us on this new journey,” team owner Aakash Ambani said in a release.
Franchises will be allowed to name a squad of 17 members for the tournament with England’s swashbuckling player Jos Buttler has made himself available in the auction.