Rajasthan Royals in a spot as pacer Jofra Archer ruled out of IPL

Archer will also miss England Test Tour of Sri Lanka due to a stress fracture in his right elbow

Jofra Archer, ECB, England, Rajasthan Royals
Speedster Jofra Archer picked up 26 wickets while playing 21 matches in two seasons — 2018 and 2019 — for Rajasthan Royals. Photo: Twitter/Rajasthan Royals

Top England pacer Jofra Archer was on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a stress fracture in his right elbow. On its official website, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that Archer, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, will also miss England’s two-match Test tour of Sri Lanka, which will commence from March 19.

Archer has been an asset for the Royals units in the last two seasons for his tremendous skills against big teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, etc. The 24-year-old Barbados-born has picked up 26 wickets while playing 21 matches in two seasons — 2018 and 2019. After a test on his elbow, Archer broke the news on his Twitter handle: Be back soon.

Archer was one of the main bowlers for Rajasthan Royals last season and the team will have a tough time finding a replacement to the English quick. Hours after, the news broke, Rajasthan Royals tweeted: “We’re working with ECB to help Jofra Archer secure a speedy recovery, and still hope to see him in a Royals jersey this season. #RoyalsFamily”

Besides Royals, few of other cricketers wished Archer speedy recovery and one of them is West Indies batsman Shai hope greeted, “Speedy recovery.”

The Caribbean women’s team all-rounder Hayley Matthews took a dig while greeting Archer speedy recovery from the injury. The young all-rounder wrote: “Stop pelting 90mph and ya elbow wouldn’t hurt.’

Leaving the current crop aside, the former England cricketer Nick Compton also wished the English speedster speedy recovery.

“Archer underwent further scans on his injured right elbow yesterday (February 5) in the UK which confirmed a low-grade stress fracture,” said the ECB. “He will now commence an injury rehabilitation programme with the ECB medical team with a view to be ready for the international summer campaign starting in June against the West Indies in a three-match Test series,” it added.

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