Author: Abhishek Rajan
The English fast bowler Jofra Archer will not be able to take part in the upcoming IPL because of stress fracture.
Archer had injured himself in the middle of the recently concluded Test series against South Africa and couldn’t take part in the last couple of games of the series.
He was, thereafter, kept out of England’s playing XI in the first ODI as well and now the ECB has announced that the fast bowler is out for a considerable period of time and will target a comeback in June.
Archer was a vital cog in the bowling line-up of Rajasthan Royals in the last season of the IPL and he was supposed to be going to play a key role for them in IPL 2020 as well. His absence will be a body blow for the franchise.
The Englishman has played a lot of cricket for England in all formats of the game in the last nine months and has bowled with a lot of pace.
Considering his workload in the recent times, stress fracture is not unnatural, but ECB will now want to make sure that they manage his workload carefully as he is going to be the spearhead of the England attack again, in the T20 World Cup later this year.
ECB released a statement earlier today updating the status of Archer’s injury.
The statement read, “Archer underwent further scans on his injured right elbow yesterday in the UK which confirmed a low grade stress fracture.”
“He will now commence an injury rehabilitation programme with the ECB medical team with a view to be ready for the international summer campaign starting in June against the West Indies in a three-match Test series.” The statement further added.
Archer has, so far, played 7 Test matches and 14 One Day Internationals for England.
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