Jofra Archer 'is likely to pull out of his £800,000 IPL deal

Jofra Archer ‘is likely to pull out of his £800,000 IPL deal to protect his Test career and rest his chronic elbow injury, with England fast bowler set for a third injection in the joint after ODI series in India’

  • Jofra Archer is likely to pull out of his £800,000 IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals
  • The decision over whether to rest his chronic elbow injury will be made shortly
  • The bowler is desperate to maintain his fitness for both the World Cup and Ashes
  • England have administered his second injection and hope a third will keep him fit

Jofra Archer is likely to pull out of his £800,000 IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals and put Test cricket first as he looks to rest his chronic elbow injury.

Archer – who reportedly had another injection in his right elbow after the T20 series with India – will be making a decision on the IPL in the coming days after speaking with the England medical team.  

The fast-paced bowler is said to be desperate to maintain his fitness during a year that includes both the World Cup and the Ashes.  

England’s Jofra Archer is likely to pull out of his £800,000 IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals

According to Telegraph Sport, England have administered his second injection and hope a third will enable him to get through the rest of the year. 

As a centrally contracted player, England maintain the right to withdrawn Archer from his £800,000 IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals – however it is yet to be determined how much of his deal will be covered by insurance. 

Archer’s withdrawal would be a significant loss, given he was the IPL’s player of the tournament in 2020.

The decision over whether to rest his chronic elbow injury will be made in the coming days

The fast-paced bowler is desperate to maintain his fitness for both the World Cup and Ashes

Nevertheless, England’s management team are mindful of over-burdening him unnecessarily during such an important year.

After all, it was discomfort in the joint that kept the fast bowler out of contention for the final Test versus the Indians earlier this month. 

This isn’t the first time Archer has been linked with a withdrawal from the IPL as his injury first flared up in South Africa in early 2020. 

He was expected to pull out of the IPL as a result, but he managed to recover in time given the coronavirus hiatus. 

His withdrawal would be a big loss, given he was the IPL’s player of the tournament in 2020

Archer’s most recent flare up came during the first Test against India in Chennai. As a result, he was administered a second injection and remained on the sidelines until the pink ball Test in Ahmedabad.

However, his return only caused more pain in the joint – despite bowling just five overs.   

Speaking of his elbow earlier this month, Archer said: ‘I need to take care of my elbow before I think about what is going to happen. 

‘For me, in the immediate, I want to get through this [Twenty20] series and then I will do everything in my power to make sure I’m going to the World Cup and the Ashes.’  




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