In a groundbreaking development, Mumbai Indians are reportedly preparing an extraordinary offer to secure the services of star fast bowler Jofra Archer throughout the year, enticing him with a lucrative multi-million-pound contract. This extraordinary deal, if successfully executed, would require the England and Wales Cricket Board to seek consent from Mumbai Indians to let Jofra take part in International games.
Mumbai’s Love for Archer
Archer, who recently withdrew from the ongoing IPL season due to an elbow injury, departed in order to receive treatment and increase his chances of being fit for the highly anticipated Ashes series. Although Mumbai Indians have been incredibly supportive of Archer during his injury struggles, they were evidently disappointed by his limited game-time in the IPL.
To ensure Archer’s participation in the 2023 IPL edition while he was sidelined, Mumbai Indians took an exceptional step by signing him to an Rs. 8 Crore contract last year. Now, it seems they desire greater control over the talented bowler’s schedule and are seeking to secure a year-round arrangement.
A first for an IPL franchise
It is understood that the price of the proposed deal will be around Rs. 10 crores, an eye-watering amount reflecting Archer’s exceptional talent and value to the team. It is also being reported that if Jofra Archer signs this deal with the franchise, he may have to play for them in all franchise leagues the ‘MI’ banner is a part of.
Had it not been for the forthcoming Ashes series and England’s defense of the 50-over World Cup, Archer may have chosen to push through the pain barrier and continue playing in the IPL. However, for the time being, his focus lies on prioritizing his international career, underlining his commitment to representing his country at the highest level.
While discussions between Archer and Mumbai Indians regarding the transition to an annual contract have yet to take place, it is anticipated that IPL franchises are keen to introduce this revolutionary concept coinciding with their next mega-auction in 2025, potentially changing the landscape of cricket contracts.