Jofra Archer will begin bowling this week after the successful removal of a fragment of fish-tank glass from his hand– and could yet appear in the IPL.
Archer underwent surgery last month following the accident in January, when he cut his right middle finger doing the cleaning, but he has been given the green light by his hand consultant to resume light training. He will be monitored by the Sussex and England medical teams.
But his involvement with Rajasthan Royals for the latter stages of the IPL in India will depend on how well another injury – to his elbow – has responded to a recent injection.
England bowler Jofra Archer has been given the go-ahead to return to light training this week
The paceman is continuing his recovery from a freak injury to his right hand after dropping his fish tank in the bath
‘England and Sussex bowler Jofra Archer has been given the all-clear by his hand Consultant to resume training after his right hand continues to heal following his operation on Monday 29 March,’ an ECB statement said.
‘He will return to light training this week, working closely with the Sussex and England men’s medical teams. It is hoped that he will be able to up his intensity with his bowling from next week.
‘A further update on his elbow injury will be provided once he has returned to bowling to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection. No decision has been made as yet on when Archer is due to return to playing.
‘Archer suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January shortly before flying to India to prepare for the Test series.
It is still unclear whether he will be able to fulfill his £800,000 IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals
‘The ECB’s medical team managed the injury throughout the tour, and it did not impact his availability. A fragment of glass was removed during the operation to his middle finger on his right hand in March.’
No decision has yet been made on when he will return to action, though the Royals’ director of cricket, Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, said recently the franchise would not rush Archer back before he was ready.
‘We want to give him every opportunity to recover and be able to play some part in this tournament,’ said Sangakkara ahead of Rajasthan’s defeat by Punjab Kings in their first game of the new IPL season.
‘We have to be concerned about him as a player because his career is long term and is not restricted to just one season and the IPL.
Rajasthan’s director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara (left) said he was hopeful Archer would play
‘His value to world cricket and to England cricket is part of our decision and we will be guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra. It’s not something we look at selfishly and we take a holistic view of how important Jofra is.’
To complicate matters, the first Test against New Zealand begins at Lord’s on June 2, only three days after the IPL final. If Rajasthan qualify, and Archer is fit, he is likely to miss Lord’s – along with franchise team-mates Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
Meanwhile, India A have postponed their tour of England, and the BCCI will instead send an expanded senior squad for the five-Test series starting at Trent Bridge on August 4.
Games between county sides and the three other touring teams this summer – New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – have fallen victim to the pandemic, with all three set to warm up with intra-squad matches instead.
To complicate matters, the first Test against New Zealand begins three days after the IPL final