Rajasthan Royals pacer Jofra Archer is likely to miss IPL 2021 as per reports in the UK edition of the Telegraph. Archer was retained by the franchise ahead of the player auction last December. Archer is likely to let go of his Rs 7.2 crore contract with the franchise as well. Archer has taken the decision in a bid to extend his Test career with his national cricket team.
Jofra Archer is nursing an elbow issue since the start of 2020. The elbow problem had also ruled him out of IPL 13 and he was only able to participate in the tournament after it got delayed to September due to COVID-19. As per the report, Archer will have another injection in his elbow after the ongoing T20I series against India.
Archer was due to miss the T20I series but was later added to the squad. He earlier missed two Test against India when he was had pain in his right elbow. His absence for his IPL franchise will come as a big blow with the franchise not having renowned bowlers.
Jofra Archer Likely To Skip IPL 2021
He took 18 wickets in his debut season with the franchise in 2018. He took 11 in 2019 and 20 in 2020. England’s frontline pacer since his debut, Archer has 30 wickets in 17 ODIs and 14 in 11 T20Is. In 13 Tests, the 25-year-old has dismissed 42 batsmen.
Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav and Akash Singh are other pacers in RR’s squad. They left out Steve Smith and named Sanju Samso as their skipper for the next season. They traded Robin Uthappa to Chennai Super Kings before the player auctions. They broke the bank to rope in Chris Morris who previously played for them as well.
They will kick off their IPL 2021 campaign against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on April 12. Royals will play five games in Mumbai, four games in Delhi, three in Kolkata and two in Banglore.
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Rajasthan Royals Squad
Sanju Samson (captain), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav