Jofra Archer to miss IPL 2024 for Workload management ahead of T20 World Cup

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (image: ECB)

With Jofra Archer not registering for the IPL auction 2024, it is reported that the ECB told the pacer to manage their workload ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Archer to miss IPL 2024 for Workload management 

The England pacer Jofra Archer was bought by Mumbai Indians during the IPL auction 2022 for INR 8 crores. He Played only five matches during the season 2023 and was ruled out of the remaining tournament. Since then he was out of the England squad and was not named in the World Cup squad. He traveled to India as a reserve during the World Cup 2023.

Archer suffered an elbow stress fracture during the IPL 2023. With the expectation of the player to return for IPL 2024, he did not complete player registration for IPL Auction 2024 on November 30. Notably, the player was released by the franchise last week.

The sources have reported that the England Cricket Board has instructed the pacer to skip the upcoming Indian Premier League to manage the injured pacer’s workload for the run-up in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

According to the sources, “Archer did not feature among the list of over 1000 names – including 34 England players – who registered for the IPL auction that takes place in Dubai on December 19 as the ECB told Archer not to enter the auction.”

“… the ECB believes that it will be easier to manage Archer’s comeback if he is in the UK in April and May under its supervision than if he is in India on the books of an IPL team looking to get their money’s worth from him,” told the sources.

“We take that bet with him that we want him back fit and able to play for England, because of the upside,” said Robert Key.

Archer was ruled out of the Ashes 2023 due to his medical condition when the scans revealed a stress fracture in his right elbow.

“You start looking at things like the Ashes in two years, the T20 World Cup… Jofra adds so much to that,” he had said back then.

Other England players like Harry Brook, Adil Rashid, and Chris Woakes have registered for the IPL auction. Players like Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Will Jacks, and Reece Topley have been retained by their franchises.

The players like Ben Stokes and Joe Root have decided to stay out of the league this year. As the registrations were completed, the IPL auction will take place on December 19 at Dubai.