Five Players Who Kept Country Ahead Of Lucrative IPL; Representing the National Team is always a great honour for a cricketing individual. However, few individuals changed their mindset with the money flowing in the franchise cricket. Quite a few players called curtains very early in their career to play franchise cricket while few of them made themselves unavailable for the national events to participate in cash-league tournaments.
There is no denying to the fact that franchises pay heftier cheque compared to the national cricket board. It also attracts many players, in fact, the most celebrated players of the game as well to leave the national team and play in T20 leagues across the globe. However, a section of players always gave priority to their country rather than featuring in the lucrative leagues including the Indian Premier League, where they would have ended up with millions in their bank accounts.
We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at five players who kept country ahead of lucrative IPL:
5. Liam Livingstone:
In the current era of cricketers, we often come across players wanting to play for money rather than preferring to play for his/her own country. However, Liam Livingstone is one of those exceptions, who prefered playing County Championship rather than participating in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League 2020. He also rated Test Cricket higher than the limited-overs cricket.
The 26-year-old Liam Livingstone is at the peak stage of his career in white-ball cricket; still, he opted to play for his county side rather than making himself available for Indian Premier League. He got the taste of IPL In 2019 edition and did decent enough to make a name for him. With his latest records in white-ball cricket, Livingstone would have easily fetched a hefty deal in IPL 2020 auction. But, he preferred to choose county season to break into England’s Test side.
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In his debut season, Liam Livingstone appeared in four games for Rajasthan Royals. Though it took a couple of games for him to settle in the side, he showed his calibre by smashing a quickfire 44 against Mumbai Indians.