Jofra Archer will not be rushed back to fulfil IPL contract, Kumar Sangakkara says

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Team director admits Archer’s fitness issues had tempted Royals to consider their options ahead of the IPL auction in February

Rajasthan Royals will take a long-term view on Jofra Archer‘s fitness – for England as well as for the franchise – and not seek to rush him back to action simply to fulfil his IPL contract, according to their team director Kumar Sangakkara.

Archer’s involvement in this year’s tournament is set to be decided later in the week, after he underwent surgery to remove glass fragments from his hand following an accident involving a fish-tank at his home in Hove in January.

That operation was carried out while Archer was also undergoing treatment for a long-term elbow injury, having required cortisone injections to get him through England’s five-match T20I series against India last month.

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