On March 27, Rajasthan Royals and the Wales Cricket Board announced that Jofra Archer will be missing the start of the upcoming VIVO 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) that is scheduled to start on April 9 in Chennai.
Many fans are looking forward to seeing the IPL finally back in India after the last season was held in the UAE. Fans are looking forward to placing their bets on the best IPL 2021 betting sites and are already rooting for their teams like the Rajasthan Royals.
However, Archer missing the start of the IPL is quite a blow for the franchise and even the fans because he is known to be a lethal weapon during last year’s season in the UAE. The cricket star was able to scalp a total of 20 wickets from 14 matches. Archer was also not named as part of England’s ODI squad for the three matches against India scheduled on March 23 in Pune.
The cricketer has been dealing with his elbow injury for a while now and despite this, he was still able to participate in the recently-concluded T20I series against India. He played all five matches and this has only worsened his injury. Because of this, he will be returning to the UK where his injury will be assessed by the board’s medical team.
He will also be under observation by the ECB medical staff until he attains full recovery. The assessment should be able to help know whether the cricket star will still be able to take part in the latter part of the IPL 2021.
The ECB talked about Archer in a statement and said, “Jofra’s elbow issue has deteriorated throughout 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.”
Still, the Rajasthan Royals are optimistic that their teammate will be available during the second half of the season. For now, the franchise might rope in a replacement within the squad. Cricketers like Mustafizur Rahman and Andrew Tye are possible replacements so far.
KKR in Quarantine
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have already started to be in quarantine. This is ahead of their training camp in Kolkata for the upcoming IPL season. The team’s mandatory quarantine will last for one week.
The two-time IPL champion led by England’s Eoin Morgan will start its campaign in the IPL 2021 going against Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is scheduled for April 11 in Chennai. The team members have already checked in at their hotel and Dinesh Karthik, Abhishek Nayar, KamleshNagarkoti, and Rahul Tripathi were the first ones to arrive.
TKKR’s Twitter account also shared that the team is already in quarantine. The tweet with photos of the team member said, ”IT’S QUARANTINE and the #Knights are checking in for the season! The beginning of the camp is just around the corner…#KKR #HaiTaiyaar #IPL2021.”
Fans are surely waiting for this team to once again bring home the IPL championship. Last season, they were only able to finish at the fifth position on the points table. They were able to get a total of 7 wins and 7 losses.
Many are hoping that this year’s auction will help the team do better this year. The franchise retained most of its players. It was also able to buy big-ticket cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan (Rs 32. Crores), Harbhajan Singh (RS 2 crores), and Ben Cutting (Rs75 lakh). Karun Nair will also be playing with the KKR this year.
The VIVO IPL 2021 is just around the corner. This season will have a total of 56 matches and the BCCI said that this season’s schedule was well-thought-out. The pandemic was also considered in this year’s schedule. BCCI said that they have lessened the travel of the teams to three this year to minimize the commute risks.
Aside from this, the IPL will still be crownless. Many are hopeful that before the season ends, the BCCI will allow fans to watch the matches live. However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that this will still depend on the pandemic situation and the local governments where IPL matches will be held. In total, six states will be the venue of the upcoming season.