England batsman Liam Livingstone has kept himself occupied plying trade in T20 tournaments across the globe. He has featured for Peshwar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and currently has a contract with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL).
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The experience in the T20 tournaments will come in handy for Liam Livingstone while representing the nation in the shortest format. In the Doosra podcast for BBC, Livingstone spoke about the qualify of cricket in PSL and IPL and what sets them apart.
Pakistan’s T20 league very similar to the IPL: Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone feels the standard of cricket in PSL and IPL is nearly similar. The fans in both the countries are enthusiastic about the game and they breath cricket. It is however, the spectators, players which sets both the tournament apart.
“The fans, players and supporters all live and breathe cricket, that’s what sets the PSL and IPL apart from the others,” he was quoted as saying in the Doosra podcast for BBC.
Cricket has not reached to some parts of Pakistan due to security concerns in the past few years. But the PSL has been changing the scenario and teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have accepted the request made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play bi-lateral tournaments.
“It was great to play in places that hadn’t seen live cricket for a while, such as Multan, where the atmosphere was unbelievable,” he added.
“I think the stadium holds around 30,000 but I’m adamant there were about 50,000 there. They cheer for anything and don’t support any particular team,” he further said.
Livingstone has featured in two T20Is for England. Although, he has not been able to make his bat do the taking, his experience will come in handy for the national team in near future.