Mumbai Indians have received a major boost ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League auction in December as English pacer Jofra Archer is set to be available for IPL 2023. The fast bowler missed the last IPL and has been ruled out since July 2021. But Mumbai Indians still gambled on him and picked him for the last auction, with the hope that the 27-year-old would be ready for the IPL 2023.
As reported by Cricbuzz, a spokesman for the England Wales Cricket Board revealed that Archer has been recovering well and will be hopefully returning to competitive cricket in the early part of 2023. The report also stated that the Barbados-born with England Lions team in UAE.
The ECB member said, "He is currently in the UAE with the England Lions team and is continuing his rehab. He is making excellent progress and the view is that he will be looking to play competitively again during the early part of 2023."
Archer was one of three fast bowlers, along with Saqib Mahmood and Brydon Carse, who is in the UAE to continue their rehab, along with a 15-man Lions training group. The camp is scheduled from November 6-27.
The ECB's performance director Mo Bobat said that Archer is set to play "a meaningful part" in the ongoing training camp and suggested he could play "some sort of part" in the three-day practice match against England's Test team which starts on November 23 ahead of their tour to Pakistan in December.
"I rang Jofra to talk to him about this training camp," Bobat said, "and he said to me, 'this is the first positive selection call I've had in a long time.' We had a bit of a giggle about the fact that all he's had is difficult injury news recently and he's missed having someone tell him he's been picked for something.”