Jofra Archer could give IPL 2021 a miss - report

England pace ace, Jofra Archer, is likely to miss the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), according to reports in the UK media.

Rajasthan Royals' pace spearhead Jofra Archer.   -  BCCI/IPL

England pace ace, Jofra Archer, is likely to miss the Indian Premier League. According to a report by the UK daily The Telegraph, Archer - who plays for Rajasthan Royals - could pull out of the tournament, which begins in April, in an attempt to get himself fit for England action.

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The report states that he will have a third injection on a troublesome right elbow and that could mean that that the IPL's Player of the Tournament in 2020 may not be available for Rajasthan Royals. The franchise, however, did not react on the matter.

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The Royals - which finished at the bottom of the table - was looking forward to making a strong comeback in the 2021 edition, but Archer’s absence could hurt the side. However, in the auction, Royals snapped up Mustafizur Rahman and Chris Morris.

Archer doubtful for ODIs and IPL

England speedster Jofra Archer risks missing the one-day series against India and first half of the IPL after skipper Eoin Morgan said the bowler's elbow injury has worsened and needs attention.

Archer missed the final Test against India with the injury but returned for the Twenty20 series claiming a career-best 4 for 33 in the fourth match in Ahmedabad.

Asked about Archer's availability for the three-match ODI series beginning on Tuesday, Morgan told a video conference: "Not quite sure yet. I think we're going to wait until tonight and tomorrow to see how Jofra has pulled up.

"He's clearly had a progressive injury that has become worse and does need attention. It'll be over to our medical team and hopefully the decision that Jofra comes to will be the best for us in the long term."

Archer, 25, is expected to play a key role for England at the Twenty20 World Cup in India in October-November and the subsequent Ashes series against Australia.

"I think it is rare that a bowler isn't managing pain," Morgan said.

"What they do is a tough job. If you ever ask any of them if they're pain-free, it's a pretty rare instance if they say yes."

- REUTERS