The decision was taken by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday, who said that Archer would be ‘stepping up’ his training intensity after he spending a significant amount of time in rehab following the bizarre finger injury he suffered before England’s tour of India last winter.
Archer had recently undergone surgery on his finger to remove the tendon from the middle finger of his right hand following which he returned to training with Sussex at Hove this week as the speedster works his way back to full fitness.
England’s head coach and selector Chris Silverwood and pace bowling lead Jon Lewis were in attendance to see Archer’s progress on Thursday when the fast bowler went through a complete session of batting and bowling in the nets.
According to reports, Jofra Archer is now targeting a Sussex 2nd XI game in Mid-May as part of his comeback trail.
The news of Jofra Archer getting ruled out of IPL 2021 comes as a huge blow for Rajasthan Royals, who are not only struggling in their pace bowling department in the absence of the English pacer but also with the absence of Ben Stokes (ruled out due to injury) and Liam Livingstone, who cut-short his IPL 2021 stint citing bubble fatigue.