IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals' Liam Livingstone exits citing bubble fatigue
Liam Livingstone is an English all-rounder who has primarily represented England in the limited-overs format. He has been playing for Rajasthan Royals since 2019, while this was his first stint in the Indian Premier League, having played just four games to date.
English all-rounder Liam Livingstone has given Rajasthan Royals a setback after leaving the 2021 Indian Premier League midway citing bubble fatigue. On Monday night, the news came in after he decided to fly back to England to take a break from the mentally tiring bubble norms.
Livingstone has been moving in and out of respective England and IPL bubbles, as he has termed the entire thing as mentally exhausting. Meanwhile, with India being put on the 'red list' by the United Kingdom government on the no-fly list due to the severe surge in COVID cases, he would undergo a mandatory ten-day quarantine upon arrival in England, reports ESPNCricinfo.
Since March, during England's international duty against the host, Livingstone has been in India, making his ODI debut. He has been associated with RR since 2019 but has played just four games to date and has not featured in a single game this season.
Since last year, the pandemic compelled the Pakistan Super League to shut down in which Livingstone was a part of, while since May, he has been in the bubble life. It started with England's training camp for series against Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. He was later unused during the year-ending tour of South Africa, while he then moved to Australia's Big Bash League, where he steered Perth Scorchers to the final.
Livingstone has become the first prominent cricketer to pull out of the IPL mid-season, citing bubble fatigue. Earlier, Mitchell Marsh had informed Sunrisers Hyderabad that he would not be taking part in the campaign this season owing to the same.