IPL 2023: Sunil Gavaskar Has Strong Views On Jofra Archer’s Availability

Sunil Gavaskar criticizes Jofra Archer and asks what he has given MI in return, saying there is “no point paying even one rupee”

Due to a persistent elbow injury, Jofra Archer, who only played in five games for the Mumbai Indians and only accomplished to take two wickets with an economy rate of 9.50, has been barred from the competition.

The team shouldn’t have to pay him the price: Gavaskar

Former Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar criticized England and Mumbai Indians pacer Jofra Archer for leaving his squad in the middle of the IPL 2023.

Gavaskar feels that the team shouldn’t have to pay him the price for which he was purchased at the IPL 2022 auction.

Gavaskar’s remark in his Mid-Day column

“What is Jofra Archer’s record among Mumbai Indians? They took a chance on him, knowing he was hurt and would only be accessible this season. What has he provided in exchange for the substantial sums they paid for him?” In his Mid-Day column, Gavaskar stated.

He also added that the player “didn’t seem completely fit” and that he “should have informed the franchise about it.”

“They didn’t realize it until he arrived and discovered that he could hardly bowl at his pace. According to his country’s cricket board, he received medical treatment while away from the competition. He never felt fully fit, yet he still came over. He should have stayed until the end if he wasn’t going to play to demonstrate his commitment to the franchise, which likely pays him more than the ECB. He has decided to fly back to the UK,” Gavaskar continued.

Archer ruled out of the IPL 2023

In the meantime, Archer, who only appeared in five games for the Mumbai Indians and managed just two wickets with an economy rate of 9.50, has been eliminated from the competition due to a nagging elbow injury.

Gavaskar: MI is “not fooled”

Despite the fast bowler’s denial on Twitter, rumors of Archer visiting a doctor in England during a break in the IPL games surfaced a few days ago. Gavaskar anticipates MI being “not fooled” and depositing the amount given to Archer in his bank account now that he has formally returned home to “focus on his rehabilitation” after being left out of England’s Ashes squad for the five-Test series against Australia.

According to Gavaskar, the Mumbai Indians are not stupid to sign a lame horse for any future races, and if he receives his full IPL fee, he should donate half to his preferred charity. Mumbai Indians aren’t going to be entertained by this distraction tactic.

No Franchise should pay even a single Rupee

Gavaskar added that no franchise should pay even a single rupee if a player is signed but is unable to play the entire season, regardless of the player’s stature.

Gavaskar emphasizes that a player is free to decide whether to represent their nation or an IPL franchise, but if he chooses the IPL, he is required to keep his obligations and not depart early, particularly as the Playoffs approach.

The 73-year-old continued by saying that franchises have been very understanding of the players and that English players are the ones who are experiencing this issue.

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