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Why Jofra Archer Pulled Out Of IPL 2024? Surprising Details Revealed

image-lrhuciydArcher has been out of action for months now. (X.com)

In a surprising revelation, England's Director of Cricket, Rob Key, disclosed that the team's star fast bowler, Jofra Archer was keen to participate in the upcoming IPL 2024. However, the England Cricket Board (ECB) advised him against it to prevent a recurrence of injuries that have hampered his career in recent years.

Archer, who represented the Mumbai Indians in the previous IPL season, was not retained by the franchise and subsequently was not part of the auction. He played a few matches during his stint with the Mumbai Indians but struggled with his form due to an elbow injury. Archer even underwent minor surgery in Belgium during the IPL 2023.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined from professional cricket since suffering a relapse of his elbow injury during IPL 2023, causing him to miss The Ashes and England's disappointing 50-over World Cup campaign in India.

England’s 'X-factor’ with the ball, Archer has suffered persistent injuries since emerging onto the international scene, notably contributing to England's victory in the 2019 50-over World Cup and the following Ashes series that summer.

With the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind, England opted not to risk Archer by allowing him to take part in the IPL 2024. Rob Key explained the decision, stating, 

"He wanted to play in the IPL, but we said not this time. Hopefully, the years he has missed he can add to the end of his career. He is such a talent."

During England's tour of the West Indies, at the end of last year, Archer played for his former school team in Barbados without the knowledge of the England team management.

As the defending champions of the T20 World Cup, England aims to assemble a robust squad for the upcoming tournament. Archer's absence from the IPL will allow him to focus on his fitness and be in prime condition for the World Cup.

His experience, especially growing up in the West Indies, provides valuable insights into the conditions, making him a crucial asset for England. The defending champions will commence their T20 World Cup campaign with a match against Scotland in Barbados on June 4, followed by encounters against arch-rivals Australia and Oman on June 8 and June 13, respectively.