England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Ashley Giles on Tuesday revealed the reason behind pacer Jofra Archer’s injury.
Archer was ruled out of the ODI series against India due to an injury on his right hand. And as per Giles, the pacer sustained finger injury due to a freak fish tank. The incident took place at his residence in January ahead of England’s tour of India.
“This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I can see what’s going to happen on Twitter as soon as I say this. But, yeah, he was cleaning at home. He’s got a fish tank. He dropped the fish tank, cut his hand, and he’s been in surgery,” Giles said on BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan show.
The pacer underwent a surgery on his right hand and didn’t feature in the ODI series which the visitors lost by 2-1 on Sunday.
“He’s come out of it well. It was managed through India, he was treated when he arrived and it wasn’t an open wound on that finger. It didn’t stop him playing, but given he came home for an injection on his elbow, he went to a specialist because the finger was still a bit stiff,” Giles said.
“They’ve operated and I think they found a small fragment of glass still in attendance. It obviously healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger. So, it was the right thing to do. We’ve got a clear window to do it as well. We wish him the best for his recovery but it’s true, it’s not a conspiracy,” he added.
Archer only played two Tests and five T20Is, but ruled out of the remainder India tour and initial matches of the IPL. His inclusion in the Rajasthan Royals is still uncertain pertaining to his injury.