England batter Liam Livingstone named as the first pick in Big Bash League draft

In the first round of the Big Bash League draught, Melbourne Renegades selected T20 standout Liam Livingstone as the first choice.

Following a weighted lottery, the Renegades selected the batter from England, Lancashire, and Birmingham Phoenix with the first overall pick.

In the first round of the Big Bash League draught, Melbourne Renegades selected T20 standout Liam Livingstone as the first choice.

Following a weighted lottery, the Renegades selected the batter from England, Lancashire, and Birmingham Phoenix with the first overall pick.

Livingstone and other BBL players Billings, Jordan, and Willey from England are expected to make close to £200,000 this year.

After being ruled out for the remainder of the Hundred with an injury, the 29-year-old Livingstone will hope there are no fitness difficulties for the competition that begins in December.

This evening, Birmingham Phoenix will play the first of their two remaining group games, but Livingstone won’t be available for those games or the playoffs, should they advance.

His participation in England’s seven Twenty20 matches in Pakistan in September and October, as well as the T20 World Cup, which begins in Australia in the middle of October, is also in doubt in light of the news of his injury.

In December, the Renegades began to play in the Big Bash League.

While James Vince, an English hitter, and two-time tournament winner, remains with the Sixers and former England opener Alex Hales was hired by the Thunder, the Melbourne Stars signed Nottinghamshire batter Joe Clarke.

The Scorchers selected England batter Phil Salt, the Strikers of Adelaide signed Warwickshire batter Adam Hose, and the Stars of the third round selected Lancashire seamer Luke Wood.

The Scorchers acquired England speed bowler Tymal Mills with what turned out to be the winning pick, while the Heat selected Hampshire batter Ross Whiteley.

Before the Strikers decided to keep Rashid Khan, the Stars tried to sign the Afghan leg-spinner, but Trent Boult of New Zealand was chosen.

Livingstone from Lancashire was a member of the Scorchers team that made it to the final in 2020–21, but because to Covid–19 rules and England obligations, he was unable to participate in the 2021–22 season.

Out of the 332 players that registered for the draught, 24 foreign players were signed; among those who weren’t sold were West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

Draft signings

Melbourne Renegades: Liam Livingstone (1), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (9), Akela Hosein (25).

Melbourne Stars: Trent Boult (3), Joe Clarke (10), Luke Wood (23)

Brisbane Heat: Sam Billings (4), Colin Munro (11), Ross Whiteley (27).

Sydney Sixers: Chris Jordan (5), James Vince (13), Izharulhaq Naveed (28).

Adelaide Strikers: Rashid Khan (2), Colin de Grandhomme (14), Adam Hose (19).

Perth Scorchers: Laurie Evans (12), Phil Salt (18), Tymal Mills (30).

Sydney Thunder: David Willey (7), Alex Hales (15), Rilee Rossouw (18).

Hobart Hurricanes: Shadab Khan (8), Asif Ali (16), Faheem Ashraf (17).

The Scorchers selected England batter Phil Salt, the Strikers of Adelaide signed Warwickshire batter Adam Hose, and the Stars of the third round selected Lancashire seamer Luke Wood.

The Scorchers acquired England speed bowler Tymal Mills with what turned out to be the winning pick, while the Heat selected Hampshire batter Ross Whiteley.

Before the Strikers decided to keep Rashid Khan, the Stars tried to sign the Afghan leg-spinner, but Trent Boult of New Zealand was chosen.

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