England Cricket Board (ECB) are all set to take a decision on Jofra Archer’s participation in IPL 2021, set to begin from the 9th of April in India. Jofra Archer has to undergo surgery on his right hand, specifically a finger. He accidentally smashed a fish tank at his home back in January, ruling him out of the ODI series in India. Archer played two out of the four Tests in England’s tour of India alongside five T20Is.
Jofra Archer is due to undergo a surgical procedure on Monday to ascertain whether any piece of glass remains within his right middle finger. ECB’s medical team decided that the surgery was necessary to maintain the injury in the long term as Archer reported a minor irritation after the T20 series against India. It is understood that the Barbados-born paceman sustained the injury before flying to India as a result of a fish tank being dropped in a bath while attempting to clean it.
Nevertheless, ECB’s medical team managed the injury without impacting his availability for the India tour. A second cortisone injection to the right-arm paceman’s elbow makes the issue more concerning as England has a busy year ahead of them, needing Jofra Archer to be present and conquer the challenges.
Jofra Archer most likely to miss the start of IPL 2021:
While at present, Jofra Archer will miss the initial stage of IPL 2021, ECB would decide in the coming days whether he could feature in the backend of the competition. With the home Test series against India and New Zealand looming alongside the T20 World Cup and the Ashes down under as well later this year, England Cricket Board might not risk Archer and request the Rajasthan Royals to name a replacement.
The 25-year old’s absence would drastically impact the Royals’ chances since he was the silver lining amid their bowling struggles in IPL 2020. He took 20 wickets in 14 matches at 18.25 alongside an economy rate of 6.56, shouldering the weight of bowling at the death and powerplay.