Liam Livingstone, the England allrounder, has been eagerly waiting to join his team Punjab Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. However, he was out of action due to a knee injury he sustained during his Test debut for England against Pakistan four months ago in Rawalpindi. He also suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the Kings’ opening fixtures. But now, Livingstone is expecting to receive clearance from ECB to play in the IPL by the weekend.

Livingstone’s Update on his fitness

Livingstone has been working hard on his fitness and trying to recover from his injuries to get back to playing cricket again. He has been training three to four days a week at the gym for the last three to four months. Livingstone received injections last week that have settled his ankle injury down a lot. He has started running and doing proper cricket stuff for the last four to five days and is trying to build up his match fitness.

Livingstone’s expected date of arrival

Punjab Kings are hoping Livingstone to arrive in India on April 10, the day after their match in Hyderabad. Livingstone said that the details of his specific travel plans are not known yet, but he is hoping to get clearance to travel from the ECB over the next 48 hours or so. He is looking forward to getting back out, playing cricket again, and gaining experience of playing in Indian conditions ahead of the 50-over World Cup in October-November.

Livingstone’s role in Kings

Liam Livingstone played a significant role in Kings’ success last year, scoring 437 runs with a strike rate of 182.08 and chipping in with six wickets. He was retained on a contract worth INR 11.5 crore (£1.15m approx.) for this year’s IPL and is expected to slot into the middle order of the team.

Conclusion

Livingstone’s return to the IPL will boost the morale of the Kings, who have already won their first two games of the tournament. The experience of playing in Indian conditions will also help him and other English players gain exposure ahead of the World Cup. We hope that Livingstone gets the clearance from ECB soon and can join his team in the IPL as soon as possible.