Archer cleared to resume training, but IPL involvement still unclear
England star pacer Jofra Archer has been cleared to resume training following an operation last month on his injured hand. However, his IPL involvement is still unclear.
He underwent the surgery on March 29 to remove a glass fragment from his hand after dropping a fish tank while cleaning at his home in January.
The issue, however, did not prevent the bowler from travelling on England’s subsequent tour of India, though he has also been dealing with a persistent right elbow issue that required a second injection and saw him miss two out of the four Test matches.
Archer participated in the five-match T20I series against India before being ruled out of the ODIs.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday (April 13) that no decision had been made yet on when Archer could return to playing.
“… Archer has been given the all-clear by his hand consultant to resume training after his right hand continues to heal following his operation,” said ECB in a statement.
“He will return to light training this week, working closely with the Sussex and England men’s medical teams. It’s hoped that he will be able to up his intensity with his bowling from next week.
“No decision has been made as yet on when Archer is due to return to playing.”
The Barbados-born paceman in the reigning MVP of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but has been missing from Rajasthan Royals’ side for the start of the IPL because of the surgery.
The Royals, who first bought Archer for 72 million Indian rupees ($955,109) in 2018, are still hopeful that Archer can play a part in the current campaign.
In the IPL 2020 season in the UAE, Archer claimed 20 wickets at the impressive economy of 6.56.