Australia’s premier domestic tournament, Big Bash League, is set to begin on December 13. Ahead of the start, the ailing league and Melbourne Renegades, in particular, suffered a heavy blow as their top pick Liam Livingstone pulled out of the competition.
The 29-year-old was the first foreign player to get a team in the inaugural overseas draft but has withdrawn from the league due to an increased workload.
Livingstone was supposed to miss the second half of the tournament due to a commitment to the inaugural SA20 league. However, Liam was named in England’s Test squad for the upcoming three-match tour to Pakistan.
The Renegades were hopeful of Liam’s service for a short stint after the Test series and before the SA20 league. However, Livingstone opted to withdraw entirely.
With this move, the Melbourne Renegades are left with no platinum player. Renegades’ general manager James Rosengarten expressed his disappointment and said, “We are gutted that Liam won’t be a part of our team, but we understand his decision.”
Renegades have secured Andre Russell’s service for the first four matches and will look to extend his period for the remainder of the season.