New Delhi, (Hindustan Reporter). English fast bowler Jofra Archer will not play in the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the England Cricket Board (ECB) looks to control his workload in preparation for next year’s T20 World Cup.
Archer has not played any professional cricket since May 2023, during which time he suffered a recurrence of an elbow stress fracture while playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He briefly traveled to India as a reserve during the World Cup, but experienced more elbow pain while training in Mumbai and returned home less than a week later.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Archer has not registered for the IPL auction to be held in Dubai on December 19.
He recently signed a two-year England central contract running from October 2023 to September 2025 and the ECB had asked Archer not to register for the auction.
England Men’s Managing Director of Cricket Rob Key has repeatedly stressed that England should work with franchise leagues rather than push back against them. But the ECB believes it will be easier to manage Archer’s return if he remains in the UK under their care in April and May, rather than playing the IPL in India.
Archer was initially bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8 crore ahead of IPL 2022, even though the franchise knew he would be out of the entire season due to a back injury. But last week he was released from his contract.
He has been retained as a ‘wildcard’ player by Mumbai Indians’ sister franchise MI Cape Town for the second season of the SA20 in early 2024, but his participation in that tournament will depend on how his rehabilitation progresses . He is scheduled to train with the England white-ball team in Barbados next week, but will not take part in the ODI or T20 series against the West Indies.
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