England director Rob Key hints at star bowler’s potential comeback in 2024 T20 World Cup

Rob Key, the director of England Cricket, has suggested the possibility of witnessing Jofra Archer bowling in the T20 World Cup. Archer, who has been undergoing rehabilitation, accompanied the England team on the white-ball tour in December.

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England (source: Twitter)

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Jofra Archer has been one of the most fearsome bowlers of world cricket who has proved his mettle in all formats of the game. But his career has been one which has been marred with injuries which has bottled his growth in World cricket as one of the best bowlers of contemporary cricket.

Out of all the injuries he had, the recent elbow injury has hampered Archer’s career more than anything and has kept him in and out of the game for almost four years now. Jofra Archer’s elbow injury first flared up in South Africa during a Test and since then Jofra Archer hasn’t been consistent in international cricket.

Rob Key reveals Jofra Archer's comeback timeline

But finally, Jofra Archer’s fans have some good news as England Cricket’s director Rob Key has given some hints that the premier fast bowler might be seen bowling for India in the Carribean and the US. Jofra Archer has been rehabilitating with the England team and travelled with the England team for the white-ball tour in December last year.

Unfortunately, he will not be seen in this year’s IPL as the England management would want him to be fresh for the T20 World Cup and therefore as a precautionary measure, he will not feature in the 2024 edition of the IPL. 

Speaking to a BBC podcast Rob Key said, “Our plan is the T20 World Cup, building him up slowly,” Key was quoted as saying on the BBC’s ‘Tailenders Podcast’.

“I saw him bowl in the Caribbean and it was like he’d never been away. I don’t want to get back to this thing where he plays and then goes down again. He (Archer) wanted to play in the IPL, but we said not this time. Hopefully, the years he has missed he can add to the end of his career. He is such a talent”.

During England's match against West Indies in Archer's hometown of Barbados last year, he participated in a game for his previous school team without informing the England management. Subsequently, he had to miss the current IPL season, with his team, Mumbai Indians, releasing him. In the previous IPL, Archer was part of the Mumbai Indians squad and played some matches, but his performance was subpar, likely due to managing an elbow injury.