Jofra Archer to miss the first half of IPL


The lead pace bowler of the England team Jofra Archer will miss the upcoming ODI series against India as he will be sent back to the United Kingdom ahead of his right elbow injury. The 25-year-old has suffered pain in the ongoing series and will also miss the first half of the Indian Premier League which is going to commence on April 9. It would create a big impact on the Rajasthan Royals bowling department as he is the lead bowler of this franchise as well.

During IPL 2020 which held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Rajasthan Royals had finished at the bottom of the table with only six wins in their bag. Besides, the England Cricket Board (ECB) medical team said "Jofra's elbow issue has deteriorated over the course of the T20I series and made it increasingly difficult for him to maintain performance levels," He has been deemed unfit for selection for the ODI series that features matches on 23, 26 and 28 March.

"The ECB medical team will assess the player and, together with Jofra, develop a treatment plan and a return-to-play schedule in due course. As a consequence, Jofra will miss the start of this year's Indian Premier League," they added. In addition to that, the visitors will be playing the ODI series without the services of Joe Root and Chris Woakes.

Both the players have flown back to their country after the completion of the Test series and spending time with their family. The head coach of the England team Chris Silverwood said  "Joe's not with us - he's obviously a fine one-day player as we all know but it was a good opportunity to give him a break having been in the bubble for so long through the Test series.

"Woakesy isn't here because he's having a break. He's spending some time with his family. He's an outstanding contributor in ODI cricket and we know that. It's just with the schedule as it is, we have to find holes for people somewhere." he further added. 

Here is the squad of England against India ahead of the three-match ODI series:

Eoin Morgan (C), Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood, Matt Parkinson, Moeen Ali, Reece Topley, Sam Billings, Sam Curran and Tom Curran.