England fast bowler Jofra Archer had suffered a cut in the middle finger of his right hand after he accidentally dropped a fish tank at his home in Hove.
England’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles, revealed that the freakish incident had taken place in January and English cricket had done its best to manage the injury during the country’s recently-concluded tour of India.
Jofra Archer, on Monday, underwent surgery on his right hand and a small fragment of glass was found in the tendon, revealed Giles.
“This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I can see what’s going happen on Twitter as soon as I say this. But, yeah, he was cleaning at home. He’s got a fish tank. He dropped the fish tank, cut his hand, and he’s been in surgery today (on Monday),” Ashley Giles told the BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan show.
“He’s come out of it well. It was managed through India, he was treated when he arrived and it wasn’t an open wound on that finger. It didn’t stop him playing, but given he came home for an injection on his elbow, he went to a specialist because the finger was still a bit stiff,” he added.
“They’ve operated and I think they found a small fragment of glass still in attendance. It obviously healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger. So, it was the right thing to do. We’ve got a clear window to do it as well. We wish him the best for his recovery but it’s true, it’s not a conspiracy,” Giles said.
Jofra Archer featured in two of England’s four Tests against India before taking part in each of the five T20Is that followed.
He did not feature in the three-match ODI series and has been ruled out from the first half of the IPL. A call regarding his participation in the second half of the IPL will be taken by the ECB.