IPL 2021: Sangakkara gives update on Jofra Archer’s availability for Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Operations Kumar Sangakkara has said that Jofra Archer’s availability for the team in IPL 2021 would be decided later but he wouldn’t be rushed back into action.
“We are certainly hoping that he will be available for some part of the IPL. Not having him at the start is a big blow for us, because a lot of our planning is centered around his availability, and such last-minute injury concerns do affect any side, especially if it’s a player of the quality of Jofra,” Kumar Sangakkara stated.
However, the former Sri Lanka captain added: “But it’s very important that Jofra gets fit, not just for the IPL, but importantly for his international career. He needs to be in a very good space with his body, and mentally, when he does come here, so we’re all waiting to see how the assessment goes. And once the assessment is done, we’ll know more.”
Jofra Archer injured his hand while cleaning a fish tank in his house and that ruled him out of the first few matches of Rajasthan Royals. The English fast bowler has already gone through a surgical procedure to remove glass pieces from his hand.
Sangakkara also spoke about his team considering the possibility of cancelling Archer’s contract for this season. But the hope of him getting fit in time prevented them from following this course.
IPL 2021: Sangakkara gives update on Jofra Archer’s availability for Rajasthan Royals
“It was a tough decision. The injury concern was flagged up going into the auction but he was playing excellently for England. So the chances of him playing in the IPL from the start and being managed by the experts were realistic. But we have contingency plans in place now and no risks will be taken.”
Many English cricket fans and experts have been concerned about Jofra Archer’s availability for the upcoming English home season as well as the big Ashes tour to Australia towards the end of the year. Sangakkara assuaged those fears by categorically stating that the overall well-being for the fast bowler would be given preference.
“We have to be concerned about him as a player because his career is long-term and is not restricted to just one season and the IPL. His value to world cricket and to England cricket is part of our decision and we will be guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra.
“It’s not something we look at selfishly and we take a holistic view of how important Jofra is,” Kumar Sangakkara added.