Mumbai: “The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that England and Sussex bowler Jofra Archer will not play in the 2021 Indian Premier League,” said a statement on ecb.co.uk.
“Archer will now step up his training regime starting next week and will be in full training with Sussex. It is expected that he will return to cricket in the next fortnight if he can continue to bowl and prepare pain-free. The ECB will confirm which matches he is expected to play in due course,” it said.
Archer is the third player from Rajasthan Royals to be ruled out of the IPL after all-rounder Ben Stokes broke a finger and batsman Liam Livingstone left the squad with bubble fatigue.
He was going to be out of the initial matches of IPL, but now he is out from the whole tournament. There is a big setback for Rajasthan Royals. Earlier, all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League with an injury. Stokes were able to play only one match. He suffered from finger injury while fielding during the match against Punjab Kings.
“His value to world cricket and to England cricket is always part of our decision-making process and we are always guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra to guide us on how we could support that journey,” Sangakkara had said.
“It’s not something we look at selfishly in terms of playing in the IPL. We understand the value of Jofra and we take a holistic view of how important Jofra is not just to our cause but to England cricket and world cricket as well. “
In 2020 he was given the most valuable player award after taking 20 wickets and scoring 113 runs in 14 matches.