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Jofra Archer to undergo surgery on hand problem, IPL participation uncertain

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Fast bowler suffered cut to hand in January that will now require an operation

Jofra Archer is set to undergo a surgical procedure on his right hand next week, having also received another injection in his elbow after being ruled out of England’s ongoing ODI series in India.

The news means his participation in the upcoming IPL hangs in the balance, although it is understood that Rajasthan Royals, the franchise he represents, has decided to wait until next week before deciding their next step. The Royals were already braced to be without their star fast bowler for the first half of the tournament after he returned home early from England’s tour of India.

In a statement the ECB said that Archer had suffered a cut to his hand in January, which had been managed on tour, but specialist advice had now recommended surgery.

Archer missed two of England’s four Tests in India due to an elbow problem and although he subsequently played all five of the T20Is, he was sent home to rest after the injury was deemed to have “deteriorated” further.

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