According to a report on ESPNcricinfo, Jofra Archer may miss first four IPL 2021 matches for Rajasthan Royals following surgery. However, the Royals were waiting for ECB to know about Archer’s departure plan.
Archer’s IPL Campaign to Begin Late
Jofra Archer went through a finger surgery on Monday in England. Now it I unlikely for him to join Rajasthan Royals at the soonest to take part in the Indian Premier League from the beginning. IPL is scheduled to begin on April 9 and the Royals will play their first match in Mumbai on April 12 against Punjab Kings. The report published on ESPNcricinfo suggested that his availability, hence, in first four matches is not confirmed yet. The franchise were waiting for an update from the England Cricket Board but they understand that they might miss their prime pacer for the first four matches.
Regarding Archer’s IPL participation, the ECB said it was too early to confirm. So a decision on Archer would be made once he gets back to bowling. Archer’s team will be playing their first match on April 15 th, followed by the Chennai Super Kings on April 19 and then the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 22.
Archer in Rehabilitation
Archer suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January shortly before flying to India. The ECB’s medical team managed the injury throughout the tour. But a surgery was required. “They’ve operated and I think they found a small fragment of glass still in attendance. It obviously healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger,” Ashley Giles had mentioned on Tuesday on BBC’s Tuffers & Vaughan show. Giles is the Director of Cricket of England Cricket Board.
On Wednesday, the ECB informed that Archer had undergone successful surgery on his middle finger of right hand to remove a fragment of glass. He is currently in two weeks of rehabilitation. He will be reviewed by a consultant before returning to training as per release.