England paceman Jofra Archer is set to spend a lengthy period on the sidelines as he has to undergo surgery on his right hand. It emerged following a scan and subsequent consultant review since returning to the United Kingdom from India on Tuesday. As a result, Jofra Archer could most likely miss the entire edition of IPL 2021.
Jofra Archer was part of England’s Test series in India, playing two out of the four matches. He also played all the five T20Is – a series that the tourists conceded to India by 3-2. But the right-arm speedster had an issue with his right elbow and injection on the same declared him unfit for the subsequent ODI series in the sub-continent.
The surgical procedure on Archer’s elbow will occur on the 29th of March so he could recover during the planned break following his elbow injection. The Barbados-born paceman sustained a cut to his hand while cleaning his home in January, briefly before flying to India to prepare for the four-match Test rubber. ECB’s medical team managed the injury without impacting his availability.
After returning to the United Kingdom, they sought the opinion of a specialist. In consultation with the ECB medical panel, it was decided that surgery is the way to manage his injury in the longer term. Archer could directly play in England’s home summer that begins in June.
Jofra Archer earned the man of the tournament award in IPL 2020:
Rajasthan Royals will undoubtedly suffer a big blow as Jofra Archer is likely to miss the upcoming season of the marquee T20 League. Even though the Royals finished at the bottom of the points table, Archer earned accolades for his exploits with the new ball and shouldering the responsibilities of their pace-bowling unit.
In 14 games, he took 20 wickets at 18.25, while maintaining an impressive economy rate of 6.56. Archer also kept a strike rate of 179.37 with the bat, dishing out some lusty blows for the Royals in a couple of their matches. The inaugural IPL champions are yet to name his replacement.