IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals’ Jofra Archer ruled out for entire season

Big blow for struggling RR, who are bottom of Indian Premier League standings

Jofra Archer has had hand surgery
Jofra Archer has had hand surgery Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Rajasthan Royals and England fast bowler Jofra Archer will not travel to India for the 2021 Indian Premier League season, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

Archer, 26, had been ruled out first part of the IPL as he required surgery on a hand injury. The ECB said in a statement on Friday that he has returned to bowling “with higher intensity” this week and it will assess his medical progress along with his county side Sussex.

“Archer will now step up his training regime starting next week and will be in full training with Sussex. It is expected that he will return to cricket in the next fortnight if he can continue to bowl and prepare pain-free. The ECB will confirm which matches he is expected to play in due course,” it said.

Archer is the second England player to be ruled out for the season for Rajasthan after all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to the country with a finger injury he sustained while fielding in the Royals’ first match of the season. In their absence, Rajasthan have struggled to get going and find themselves bottom of the table with three losses and one win in four matches.