England all-rounder Ben Stokes has lauded pace-bowler Jofra Archer for putting all his England commitments before anything else after reports emerged that the Barbados-born pacer could skip the entire 14th season of the IPL in order to fully recover from his elbow injury for the upcoming T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
Jofra Archer has been troubled with his elbow injury he sustained in early 2020. The right-arm pacer player two out of four Tests against India, missing out on the last one due to the same injury.
He did play in the five-match T20I series but it only aggravated his injury. The fast bowler was ruled out of the ODI series and he could very well skip the entire IPL as he returned to the UK in order to fully recover from injury.
Speaking on Jofra Archer’s injury and his decision to possibly skip the IPL, Ben Stokes not only lauded his teammate for prioritizing English cricket but he also deemed it as a sensible move as far as the long-term implications of the injury is concerned.
“We’re not too sure how much Jofra Archer is going to be able to play a part for us, if any. But I think one thing that we need to be very mindful of is that Jofra needs to give himself a chance to recover. I think it is great that he’s come out and said that he is putting all his England commitments before anything else,” said Ben Stokes.
“I’m happy that he is going back and having some well-deserved rest and he’s getting that elbow properly sorted because it’s tough having an injury and then getting through a game and then going back with it again. I think, long-term for his career, this is a very sensible option for him to be taking,” he added.