Jofra Archer will return to training following a hand operation after receiving an all clear but no decision has been taken when he will return to playing. He had undergone a surgery on his left hand after a freak accident at home while cleaning a fish tank. A fragment of glass had lodged in his hand in January. Jofra Archer was previously ruled out of the ODI series against India as well as the start of the IPL with an elbow injury.
“A further update on his elbow injury will be provided once he has returned to bowling to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection. No decision has been made as yet on when Archer is due to return to playing.” an ECB statement said.
Archer had missed two out of the four test matches against India but played all of the five T20’s due to the elbow injury. He was then subsequently ruled out of the ODI series. He will miss Rajasthan Royals opening matches of the IPL. Archer was a big miss in their opening match defeat to the Punjab Kings. Royals’ team director Kumar Sangakkara said that they woud love to have Jofra Archer back but will not rush him back and jeopardise his future.
“We have to be concerned about him as a player because his career is long-term and is not restricted to just one season and the IPL.” Sangakarra said. “His value to world cricket and to England cricket is part of our decision and we will be guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra.”
It’s not something we look at selfishly and we take a holistic view of how important Jofra is.” he added. “We are certainly hoping that he will be available for some part of the IPL but we have contingency plans in place now and no risks will be taken.”