Jasprit Bumrah’s potential absence for the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) season has provided Mumbai Indians with the team’s much-needed motivation. English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who has recently experienced health issues, has been given the go-ahead to play the entire season.
IPL and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) representatives confirmed this on Wednesday to Cricbuzz (March 1). He should be able to participate fully in the IPL, according to an ECB source, who added that “his franchisee and the ECB will monitor his workload” in addition to adding that “Jofra is very much available; have you not seen him in action in the Dhaka ODI?”
Franchise circles have discussed how a home board should remotely control a player’s workload, but as this website has previously noted, foreign boards require that their players, particularly fast bowlers, not be used for more than a specified number of games at once, a specified number of balls to bowl in a net session, and regular updates on their fitness.
While representing England in an ODI encounter against Bangladesh on Wednesday in Dhaka, Archer amassed two for 37 in 10 overs. England will compete in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in Bangladesh through March 14. Then, he might travel to India. He is predicted to be available for the five-time champions and to direct their offence from the beginning of their encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 2 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Mumbai Indians made an investment on English bowler Archer by paying Rs 8 crore for him in the 2022 mega auction, despite knowing that he wouldn’t be available for the season. Archer was born in Barbados. They had plans to employ Bumrah and Archer as a lethal pace team. The franchise would unexpectedly be without Bumrah’s services, but their decision to invest in Archer seems to be paying dividends.
In the second half of 2021 and almost all of 2022, Archer was unable to participate in competitive cricket. He played in his first important competitive match with MI Cape Town, a fully owned subsidiary of the Mumbai Indians management, at the SA20 in January. He featured in five games throughout the competition in addition to the three-match ODI series for England against South Africa.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not yet notified the MI management that Bumrah is unavailable.