IPL 2021: Jofra Archer to undergo surgery on Monday; likely to miss the tournament

Rajasthan Royals suffered a massive blow to their title hopes as English fast bowler Jofra Archer could miss the upcoming IPL season due to an injury. After he returned to the United Kingdom on Tuesday he had a scan and subsequent consultant review and will undergo a procedure on Monday.

“The procedure on Jofra’s hand will take place on Monday (March 29) so he can recover during the planned break following his elbow injection. Jofra suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January shortly before flying to India to prepare for the Test series. The injury was managed by the ECB’s medical team through the tour and it did not impact on his availability,” issued by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). 

ECB further added, “Further investigation and a specialist opinion was sought upon his return to the UK and, in conjunction with the ECB medical panel, it has been decided that surgery is the best option to manage his injury in the longer term. Further detail will be provided in due course.”

Rajasthan Royals are going to play against Punjab Kings in their opening game of the season. Archer who is an important part of the Rajasthan Royals team was retained by the team. In his three years in the IPL, the pacer has picked up 46 wickets with an economy of 7.13. He picked 20 wickets in the last edition of IPL and was overall seventh-highest wicket-taker last season.

Archer is also a world cup winner, bowling the Super over of what was a thrilling final against New Zealand. England have a busy year ahead with the T-20 world in India cup, Ashes in Australia and a test series against India and New Zealand. The team would require a bowler with Archer’s calibre at their disposal.

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