Star pacer Jofra Archer is back in the Indian Premier League’s blockbuster auction (IPL) for the upcoming season, IPL 2022. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed the franchisees on Tuesday, February 1, that the England bowler has enrolled his name for the tournament slated for February 12 and 13. The Barbados-born England captain has set a basic price of INR 2 crore for himself.
The BCCI, on the other hand, has informed the IPL franchises that the 26-year-old pacer’s participation in this year’s tournament is in doubt due to his present ailment. Because the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) notified the BCCI that he will play in the 2023 and 2024 seasons, his name has been added to the auction.
“The ECB has registered Archer for the auction with a view to potential participation in 2023 and 2024, as due to his current injury it is unlikely that he can participate in IPL 2022,” the BCCI wrote to the franchises while giving them the list of 44 names that have entered the auction pool.
Reportedly, the BCCI has also told the franchises that Archer will not be deemed a Marquee player due to his restricted availability and that no substitute will be provided for the 2022 season.
“He won’t feature in the Marquee or other sets to be presented. He will be available to be called during the accelerated auction and whoever picks him will not get a replacement player for IPL 2022 season for his place as he is already injured and unlikely to participate in IPL 2022 season,” the BCCI stated.
So far, Archer is the only player from England to be included in the auction list. Aside from Archer Usman Khawaja is another important addition. Moreover, there is one player from Afghanistan, five from Australia, eleven from India, two from Ireland, six from New Zealand, two from Scotland, four each from Sri Lanka and the West Indies, and seven from South Africa, including Andile Phehlukwayo.