Jofra Archer, who has returned to professional cricket, has admitted that withdrawing from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season due to injury was a difficult decision. However, the English pacer has stated that if IPL 2021 is “rescheduled,” he will play for Rajasthan Royals (RR). After multiple players and support personnel tested positive inside the bio-secure bubble, the tournament was suspended indefinitely halfway through the season. The BCCI is yet to set a date for the franchise-based T20 league to resume. “It was a difficult decision not to go to India for the IPL,” Archer said via RR’s Twitter account. The Rajasthan Royals backed me up. Hopefully, as it’s rescheduled, I’ll be able to attend.
In January, Archer got a cut on his hand while cleaning his house. Despite the injury, he appeared in two Tests and five Twenty20 Internationals before returning to England for recovery halfway through England’s tour of India.
Sussex’s medical staff is now monitoring the 2019 World Cup winner, who is currently representing Sussex in a County Championship match against Kent.
With England hosting New Zealand in a two-match Test series this year, as well as India in a five-match bilateral series, the pacer’s return will be welcome news for the ECB.
This year’s T20 World Cup will also be held in India, and Archer will be a central member of England’s bowling attack.
Rajasthan struggled in the IPL 2021 without Archer, and the season was postponed because of it. With three victories and four losses, the Royals were in fifth place in the league.