Mumbai Indians (MI) have a significant boost as their key pacer Jofra Archer is fit and ready to appear in the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. As Jasprit Bumrah’s inclusion in IPL is hanging loose due to surgery scheduled, Jofra Archer’s presence will be a huge advantage for the franchise.
After Jofra Archer’s absence from the game due to injuries since his debut for England, there were doubts surrounding his availability for IPL. But it has now been confirmed that he will be participating in the entire season, giving Mumbai Indians a much-needed boost in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
As per the Cricbuzz report, IPL and ECB officials have confirmed that the bowler will play a full IPL tournament for his franchise. ECB will manage his workload throughout the competition.
An ECB source said, “He should be able to play a full part in the IPL and as always his franchisee and the ECB will manage his workload. Jofra is very much available, have you not seen him in action in the Dhaka ODI.”
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The 27-year-old has not played Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2020. Before IPL 2021, he was ruled out due to an elbow injury and missed IPL 2022 due to back issues. However, Mumbai Indians were still eager to acquire the bowler and paid a whopping INR 8 crore for his services. He made a comeback with the SA20 league for Mumbai Indians’ sister franchise MI CapeTown and is now seen playing against Bangladesh.
While everyone was eager to see the duo of Bumrah and Archer, unfortunately, it will be left incomplete. Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming IPL season due to a back injury. He has been out of action since September 2022 and might make a comeback with the ODI World Cup, as per the latest report.
Mumbai Indians will now commence their IPL 2023 season with a game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 2.