“We’re just going to take it slow” – Robert Key on Jofra Archer
By SMCS - Dec 12, 2023 10:40 am
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England men’s cricket managing director Robert Key has shared that Jofra Archer was eager to enter the IPL auction this year. However, he also felt if skipping IPL 2024 extends Archer’s career by two years, then they are ready to take that step as well. However, Archer’s long-standing elbow injury has led him to miss a lot of matches. He last played for England in March 2023 as the elbow trouble resurfaced during his IPL 2023 stint with the Mumbai Indians as well.

Speaking to reporters while announcing the Test squad to face India, Key said: “Jofra was keen to go into the IPL auction but we just feel like the best way to do this now is just for us to be in control of it. There’s no commitment either way, and we can then just bring you back. If it takes an extra couple of months, but he gets another couple of years out of his career and gets back fully – I think he’s worth his while in gold.”

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Meanwhile, they don’t want to put any pressure on Jofra Archer, in future. According to media reports, he participated in a Barbados second-tier encounter, seemingly without informing the ECB.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer conceded a lot of runs

“Jofra was bowling out here [with England in Barbados]. As you often see with Jofra, he rocks up, ends up bowling 95 miles an hour and he looks like he’s an absolute genius. But we’re just going to take it slow with him. We don’t want to put any sort of deadlines on him. Actually now we’re taking control of him coming back,” he concluded.