RCB’s Roadblock: Key Players Exit Camp

Liam Livingstone, an all-rounder for the Punjab Kings, left the ongoing IPL on Monday to return to England for a knee rehabilitation in preparation for the T20 World Cup the following month.
Livingstone has left the IPL to join the England team ahead of the T20I series against Pakistan, which starts on May 22. 

Other players who have departed the IPL include Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Will Jacks, and Reece Topley (Royal Challengers Bengaluru). With just four victories in 12 games, the Kings are already out of the IPL and currently sit at the bottom of the standings with eight points.

Livingstone posted on his Instagram wall, “IPL done for another year; I had to get my knee sorted for the upcoming World Cup.” 

“I want to thank the Punjab Kings supporters one more time for their unwavering love and support. A disappointing season for both the club and the individual, but as usual, I had a great time competing in the IPL,” he continued.

Livingstone won’t be available for PBKS’ final two tournament games against Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 19) and Rajasthan Royals (May 15).

Although the injury is not quite serious, England’s management chose to allow him more time to receive treatment before their home T20I series against Pakistan, according to ESPNcricinfo.
Following that series, the reigning champions will go to the West Indies to play in the T20 World Cup.
They will first play Scotland at Bridgetown, Barbados, on June 4.

Livingstone had a poor IPL season, taking just three wickets and amassing 111 runs from seven matches.

Other England players who are playing in the IPL and are included in their World Cup team are Phil Salt (KKR), Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow (PBKS), and Moeen Ali (CSK), all of whom will shortly be returning home.

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