Ace England fast bowler Jofra Archer has registered for the upcoming two-day IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru after staying away from the initial list due to injury issues. The BCCI, on Tuesday (February 1) announced a list of 590 players who will go under the hammer on February 12 and 13.
Archer has been out of action since July 2021 and is likely to be out for a couple of more months. The Barbados-born player recently lamented missing out on the Ashes 2021-22 and ICC T20 World Cup.
With his eyes set for the future, Jofra Archer has decided to enter the IPL 2022 mega auction and has set his base price at INR 2 crore. While he has entered the auction, Archer is most likely to miss the upcoming season.
“The ECB has registered Archer for the auction with a view to potential participation in 2023 and 2024, as due to his current injury it is unlikely that he can participate in IPL 2022,” BCCI told the franchises according to Cricbuzz.
Jofra Archer was earlier part of the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL but missed the IPL 2021 due to a longstanding injury. So far, Archer has picked up 46 wickets in 35 IPL matches and scored 196 runs.
Interestingly, veteran Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has also entered the final list of the auction. Khawaja had not enrolled in the initial registered list but now has kept a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has informed the franchises that the auction process will be accelerated from Player no. 161.
“For your planning purposes please note, subject to timings it is envisaged that the accelerated process will start after player no.161. The first accelerated process will cover all the players from 162 – 590. Franchises will be asked to nominate a set number of players from this group by 10 pm on the evening of 12th February.”
“Once these players (162-590) have been presented, franchises will be requested to submit the names of players (unpresented / unsold) from all those on the full list of 590 for further accelerated presentation. This will be covered in more detail at the auction briefing on 11th February 2022,” the BCCI email stated according to Cricbuzz.