England has restricted Jofra Archer from participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year. However, he was permitted to play for his old school team in Barbados, taking part in the Barbados Cricket Association league. Archer surprised England by appearing for Foundation and taking four wickets for 18 runs.
The fast bowler underwent rehabilitation for his right elbow injury in his birthplace. Rob Key, director of England’s men’s cricket, was unaware of Archer’s participation in the Barbados Cricket Association league. Archer returned to the UK after making a valuable contribution to the match, but England remains cautious about his recovery.
Archer has been dealing with persistent problems in his right elbow since 2019 and has suffered from a stress fracture. Despite receiving a two-year central contract, England is prioritizing his recovery. They have refused to allow him to enter the IPL auction, eyeing a potential return for the 2024 T20 World Cup.
In other news, 20-year-old Shoaib Bashir has been selected for England’s Test tour of India after making his first-class debut just six months prior. He will join two other uncapped players in the squad. England’s first match against India is scheduled for January 25. Despite injuries to key players such as Ben Stokes, England is preparing to face the Indian cricket team on their home turf.