England pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of action for at least 3 months pertaining to a stress fracture in his right elbow. The England player is likely to miss England's upcoming tour to Sri Lanka in the month of March. Archer will also miss the IPL 2020 which begins in the last week of March.
Archer, who featured in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, couldn't take any further part in the series due to his elbow injury. He was known to have suffered a low-grade stress fracture in the right elbow.
With doubts over his participation in IPL 2020, this comes in as a major blow to the Rajasthan Royals' camp ahead of the upcoming season. Archer, who was retained by the franchise before the IPL auction, is one of the four key overseas players for the Jaipur-based franchise. The 24-year old is one of the most terrifying fast bowlers going around at the international scene.
“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 mentioned in a release on Thursday
Royals in talks with ECB over Archer's availability for the IPL
Minutes after the news broke out, Rajasthan Royals tweeted about their concern regarding Jofra's availability for the upcoming IPL edition. The franchise even assured that they are in talks with ECB (England Cricket Board) over a possibility of Archer playing for the Royals even in IPL 2020.
Here's what RR tweeted:
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 6, 2020
Archer aims to be back soon
Jofra, who has had a largely pleasant journey at the international level in the past 12 months, has seen a major low in the past couple of months. The injury that he picked up during the first Test against South Africa, already ruled him out of the white-ball action against the Proteas, but now sees curtains over his participation to Sri Lanka tour in March.
However, despite injury concerns, the speedster aims to make a soon return to cricket.
Here's what he tweeted:
Be back soon ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/hmzDLY3l9A
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) February 6, 2020