According to Rajasthan Royals boss Kumar Sangakkara, Jofra Archer will not be rushed from his elbow injury to play in the Indian Premier League … despite the franchise paying £ 800,000 for his services.
- Jofra Archer missed much of the English tour in all formats to India in March
- Fast bowler Archer also recently underwent surgery to remove glass from his hand
- IPL franchise faces the Punjab Kings in the opening game of the Punjab Kings on Monday
Rajasthan Royals will not jeopardize Jofra Archer’s future in England by rushing him back for this year’s Indian Premier League.
The ‘English’ IPL franchise will this week, along with England, decide whether Archer can play a role in this year’s tournament after his ongoing elbow problems and surgery to remove glass from his hand after an accident at home.
And while Rajasthan’s director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara remains hopeful that England’s main fast bowler will be able to fly to India for the final leg of the two-month competition, he insists that Royals will consider the bigger picture.
Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League will not rush Jofra Archer back from injury
England’s fast bowler played a limited role in March’s India tour due to an elbow injury
The IPL side extended his £ 800,000 contract for this year’s tournament, but he will not be allowed to play
“We want to give him every chance to recover and play a part in this tournament,” Sangakkara said ahead of Rajasthan’s first match of this year’s IPL against Punjab Kings on Monday.
We have to worry about him as a player because his career is long-lasting and not limited to just one season and the IPL.
“His value to world cricket and to English cricket is part of our decision and we will be guided by the experts in English cricket who take care of Jofra. It’s not something we look at selfishly and we have a holistic view of how important Jofra is. ‘
Royals director Kumar Sangakkara (above) is looking forward to Archer’s long-term career
The ‘English’ franchise features English stars Ben Stokes (right) and Liam Livingstone (left)
Talismanic wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler (left) could open with Stokes for the XI
The Sri Lankan celebrity admitted that his franchise had thought long and hard before renewing Archer’s £ 800,000 contract for this year’s event in light of his ongoing elbow problems that forced him to miss red and white balls from the England tour.
“It was a tough decision,” added Sangakkara, who also has Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone on his side. Concerns about the injury were reported when he went into the auction, but he played great for England.
So the odds that he would play in the IPL from the start and be managed by the experts was realistic. But we now have contingency plans and no risks are being taken. ‘
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