Royals keeping fingers crossed for Archer's recovery before IPL

An injury during the Pakistan Super League, playing for Quetta Gladiators had put a question mark on his participation in IPL 2018.

Jofra Archer was picked by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 7.2 crore.   -  Getty Images

Rajasthan Royals is confident of getting the services of its new recruit from the West Indies, Jofra Archer, when the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins next moth.

Archer, who was picked by the Royals for a whopping Rs. 7.2 crore, was ruled out of the Pakistan Super League earlier this month due to a side strain - fuelling speculations of the youngster missing out the 2018 IPL.

But Sportstar has reliably learnt that the Royals’ support staff is regularly monitoring his fitness and efforts are on to get him fit ahead of the tournament.

“We are looking after him in Dubai. We are confident of getting him from the start,” a highly placed source confirmed to this publication.

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If finally the 22-year-old attains the fitness level, it is believed that Archer would reach India by early April.

The Royals, meanwhile, will start its final camp at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur from March 25. It is believed that most of the foreign recruits would be reaching the Pink City for the camp. Captain Steven Smith and England star Ben Stokes, however, are expected to join the camp closer to the tournament.

With Australia touring South Africa for four-match Test series, Smith will only be able to leave for India after the series gets over on April 3, four days before the IPL.

While there is no official word on Archer yet, but the franchise is believed to be happy with the progress. The Barbados-born cricketer was signed by English county team Sussex in 2016. He finished the County Championship season as its leading wicket-taker in Division Two.

The county success helped him get a Big Bash League (BBL) contract with Hobart Hurricanes, where he had impressive outings.

But an injury during the Pakistan Super League, playing for Quetta Gladiators had put a question mark on his participation in the cash-rich IPL. With Royals' management keeping a close watch on its top recruit, Archer should be hoping to make his IPL debut this season.