Jofra Archer is undoubtedly one of the most sportsperson in England right now. The reason for the meteoric rise in his popularity is pretty obvious. Within two months of his international debut, Archer helped England achieve what they were trying to achieve since 1975 – the 50-over World Cup. The Barbados-born allrounder finished the tournament as England’s highest wicket-taker.
A few days later, he was given his maiden Test call-up for the ongoing Ashes and Archer impressed once again. In his maiden Test, he injured Steve Smith with a deadly bouncer that made the latter miss the third Test due to concussion. In his following Test, Archer took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, finishing with figures of 6 for 45.
England are now all set to reward Archer for his fine exploits by making him one of the most well-paid cricketers in the country. As per reports in The Times, Archer will be awarded a central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) worth around one million pounds. Archer also has a lucrative deal in IPL where he receives 800,000 pounds from the Rajasthan Royals.
The report suggested that Archer will receive his central contract in early October. A new five-year broadcast deal kicks in next year and it’s expected to boost Test contracts from 475,000 pounds to 650,000 pounds and white-ball contracts from 17,000 pounds to 250,000 pounds. The hike means that Archer, along with Ben Stokes, will top one million.
Archer is currently trying to help England reclaim the Ashes so that his team can finish the historic summer on a high. The five-match series is currently locked at 1-1. England need to win the series to reclaim the urn. In case, Australia even draw the series, they will retain the Ashes.