Jofra Archer been ruled out of IPL 2020: The leading fast bowler of the franchise won’t take part in the next season of the Indian Premier League.
Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The development has come as a huge blow for the franchise for Archer was undoubtedly the leader of their bowling attack.
In the 11 matches that Archer played for Royals in IPL 2020, he dismissed 11 batsmen at an average of 26.45, an economy rate of 6.76 and a strike rate of 23.45. It is worth mentioning that Archer was bought by Royals before IPL 2018 and has done well for the franchise in the two seasons that he has played in.
Coming on the back of a successful campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the Ashes series that followed it, Royals were expected to be strongly banking on the 24-year old bowler.
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— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) February 6, 2020
Why has Jofra Archer been ruled out of IPL 2020?
Archer has been affected by a stress fracture in his elbow. The same injury had ruled him out of the last three Test matches during the recently concluded series against South Africa.
Not part of the ongoing limited-overs squads in South Africa, Archer returned to England to have scans on his elbow following which the English Cricket Board “confirmed that Archer has suffered a low-grade stress fracture”.
“As a result of the injury, he has been ruled out of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka and the Indian Premier League 2020 season. He will now commence an injury rehabilitation programme with the ECB medical team with a view to be ready for the international summer campaign starting in June against West Indies in a three-match Test series,” the ECB added in a statement.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 6, 2020
Other than the cash-rich league, Archer will also miss the tour of Sri Lanka which comprises of two Test matches in the island nation next month.
While Rajasthan would be keen on roping in a replacement for Archer, they currently have three specialist overseas fast bowlers in West Indies’ Oshane Thomas, Australia’s Andrew Tye and England’s Tom Curran.