IPL 2022: Jofra Archer back in IPL mega auction for 2 Crore base price, but he will be available to play from 2023 season


  • England pacer Jofra Archer registered for IPL-2022 Mega Auction.
  • He will not be available to play in IPL-2022 due to injury issues.
  • His base price for the auction is Rs.2 Crore.

Indian Premier League (IPL)-2022:

The IPL-2022 is a fifteenth season and it is a professional T20 Cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. The fifteenth edition will see the expansion of the league, with the addition of two new franchises. In August 2021, the BCCI confirmed that two new franchises would join the IPL-2022 league. The new franchises names are Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchises. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the defending champions of last season.

Mega Auction of IPL-2022 – About:

The mega auction for the IPL-2022 is to be held on February 12 and 13, 2022. The venue of the auction is Bengaluru. It will be a two-day event like the 2018 mega auction.

On February 01st (Tuesday), the Indian Premier League released a statement stating that a total of 590 cricketers set to go under the hammer during the two-day mega auction. Amongst 590 players who have registered for the auction, 228 are capped players, 355 are uncapped players and 7 belong to Associate Nations.  A total of 370 Indian players and 220 overseas players will be up for grabs  

As many as 48 players have chosen to place themselves in this bracket of Rs.2 crore which is the highest reserve price. While 20 players in the auction list decided to put themselves with a reserve price of Rs.1.5 crore while 34 players are in the list of cricketers with a reserve price of Rs.1 crore.

Jofra Archer is back in auction of IPL-2022:

England pacer Jofra Archer has registered for the upcoming mega auction IPL-2022, after initially staying from the event due to his ongoing injury issues. He is back in the auction and will hope to play in the IPL. He has not played any competitive cricket since July 2021 and is unlikely to return to action for the next few months. He missed two big tournaments, Ashes and the T20 World Cup and didn’t feature in the home series against India either.

But, he has decided to enter the auction which the BCCI informed the franchises even as the shortlisted players list have been announced. As many as 590 players have been shortlisted for the auction from the 1214 players that registered initially. Meanwhile, it has been understood that Jofra Archer will be available to play from the IPL-2023 season and won’t be featuring in the IPL-2022. He has listed himself at the highest base price at Rs.2 crore.

Jofra Archer – About:

Jofra Chioke Archer is a Barbadian-born English Cricketer representing England and Sussex. He is a right-arm fast bowler who made his international debut for England in May-2019. He made his test debut against Australia in the Ashes series-2019. In April-2020, he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

He was signed by Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2018 IPL auction for a price of Rs.7.20 crore. Since then, he has represented the team from the pink city on 35 occasions, picking up 46 wickets at an average of 21.32 and an economy rate of 7.13 runs per over. He has also scored 195 runs in this competition.

Jofra Archer – Elbow Injury:

Jofra Archer injury first came into the limelight in August last year with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ruling the pacer out due to recurrence of an elbow injury. The elbow surgery which Archer underwent in December last year will reportedly keep him out of action till the summer of this year.

Due to an elbow injury, he missed the 2021 edition of the IPL. Explaining the player’s current situation, the ECB then released a statement that said, “Archer’s elbow issue has deteriorated and made it increasingly challenging for him to maintain performance levels.”

Jofra Archer to be available from IPL-2023:

Jofra Archer is certain to miss the IPL-2022 season due to ongoing injury issues and could make a comeback only next year. It is impossible to put him under the hammer for IPL-2022 due to injury. However, he is far from making a full recovery. But, it has since been confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the pacer has enlisted him-self for the auction.

According to Cricbuzz, this decision comes after confirmation from the ECB that Archer will be available from IPL-2023 onwards. The BCCI informed the franchises, “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 loss of Jofra Archer really affected the Rajasthan Royals team who struggled to register wins as their bowling attack failed to make much of an impact.

IPL-2022 auction – 44 new additions to the initial list:

Meanwhile, as many as 44 new players have been added to the initial list including Jofra Archer. He is the only notable inclusion to the list from England while five players from Australia have been added. Usman Khawaja is one interesting addition. He scored centuries in each innings of the Ashes Test on his comeback to the Australian side. Khawaja had not enrolled in the initial registered list but now has kept a base price of Rs.1.5 crore.

Among the other countries, who are part of the new additions list are one from Afghanistan, five from Australia, 11 from India, two from Ireland, six from New Zealand, two from Scotland, four from Sri Lanka and West Indies each, and seven from South Africa.

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