Jofra Archer, England’s prominent fast bowler, has opted out of IPL 2024 following the ECB’s directive to manage his workload in preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024.

Jofra Archer will not be part of IPL 2024 after he did not enlist for the auction set for December 19 in Dubai. Reports from ESPNCricinfo suggest that this decision stems from the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) intention to manage Archer’s workload before the T20 World Cup 2024 jointly hosted by the West Indies and the USA in June 2024.

Archer’s last professional cricket appearance was during IPL 2023 for Mumbai Indians, where his limited play, only five matches due to a recurring stress elbow fracture, sidelined him from the tournament. He traveled as a reserve for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 but faced elbow trouble during training in Mumbai, forcing an early return home. Recently signing a two-year central contract with the ECB, covering October 2023 to September 2025, Archer reportedly received advice from ECB against participating in IPL 2024.

It has been reported that the English board prefers overseeing Archer’s comeback in the UK (April-May) over managing his return in India during IPL. Rob Key, England Men’s cricket managing director, designed a recovery plan post IPL 2023 with Mumbai Indians’ medical staff for Archer’s stint with MI Cape Town in SA20 2024. Retained as a ‘wildcard’ by MI Cape Town, Archer’s tournament participation hinges on his rehab progress. Although training with England’s white-ball teams in Barbados soon, he won’t play the ODI or T20I series versus West Indies from December 03.

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Last Updated on December 4, 2023

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