LIAM Livingstone cannot wait to test himself in next year’s Indian Premier League after being picked up by Rajasthan Royals in the recent player auction.

The Royals paid £55,000 for Barrow Cricket Club product, who has proven to be a destructive batsman and useful leg-spinner in the Twenty20 format.

Livingstone’s participation in the IPL means he will miss the start of the 2019 county cricket season for Lancashire, but the 25-year-old is in no doubt it will benefit him in the long run.

“It’s cricket’s Champions League equivalent, really,” Livingstone told The Independent. “I’ve spoken to a number of people who have gone out there and I’ve heard some amazing things.

“Jos (Buttler) has said it’s one of the best things that have happened to him in his career. I’m going to go out there and learn as much as I can, and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to perform and show what I’m capable of.

“It’s a great platform to showcase my talents. Lancashire have been very understanding and know why I want to go and play in these tournaments.”

Livingstone will be playing in the Pakistan Super League for Karachi Kings too, which starts on February 14.