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ECB asks Jofra Archer to skip 2024 IPL to manage workload ahead of T20 World Cup

The 28-year-old cricketer hasn’t played any professional cricket since then and also missed the 50-over World Cup held recently in India.

England bowler Jofra Archer (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked fast bowler Jofra Archer to skip next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to manage the injury-prone pacer’s workload in the run up to the 2024 T20 World Cup which will be held in the West Indies and the US, according to a report.

The Barbados-born Archer, who was bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the 2022 IPL for a whopping Rs 8 crore (£756,899), was released by the franchise last week.

His name doesn’t figure in the list of players who have registered for the IPL auction, set to be held on December 19 in Dubai.

Archer, who has been plagued by multiple injuries, suffered a recurrence of his elbow stress fracture while playing for MI during the IPL in May.

The 28-year-old cricketer hasn’t played any professional cricket since then and also missed the 50-over World Cup held recently in India. His last appearance in an international match was in March this year.

He has played 15 T20 matches so far since his debut in 2019, bagging 18 wickets.

“… the ECB believes that it will be easier to manage Archer’s comeback if he is in the UK in April and May under its supervision than if he is in India on the books of an IPL team looking to get their money’s worth from him,” ESPNCricinfo reported.

As per the report, he has signed a new two-year contract with the ECB and ahead of the T20 World Cup starting June 4, the board has “opted to take as much control over Archer as possible.”

Archer had briefly travelled to India for the World Cup but returned to the UK after less than a week due to elbow pain.

The ECB is hopeful that the pace spearhead will be a part of England’s squad for the T20 World Cup “We take that bet with him that we want him back fit and able to play for England, because of the upside,” former England opener and current managing director (men’s cricket) Robert Key had said last month “You start looking at things like the Ashes in two years, the T20 World Cup… Jofra adds so much to that,” he had said back then.

As many as 34 England players, including Harry Brook, Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes, have registered for the IPL auction.

While the likes of Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Will Jacks and Reece Topley have been retained by their franchise. Test skipper Ben Stokes, who is in rehab after undergoing surgery on his left knee, and Joe Root have both opted out of the cash-rich league.

England are the reigning world champions in the T20 format as they defeated Pakistan in the final of the last edition of the World Cup in Australia last year.

(With PTI inputs)

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