Mumbai Indians have suffered a major setback ahead of their must-win game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as England pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the remaining of the IPL 2023.
He has been replaced by Chris Jordan.
Archer has played only five games for Mumbai Indians and bagged only two wickets with an economy rate of 9.50.
Last month, The Telegraph has reported that the English seamer had visited an elbow specialist in Belgium, where he reportedly underwent a minor surgical procedure.
It was the same elbow that has caused him several issues over the last two years, with an initial stress fracture in 2021 ruling him out of that year’s English summer, T20 World Cup and Ashes.
𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 𝗝𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗻 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗠𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗶 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀
Chris Jordan will join the MI squad for the rest of the season.
Chris replaces Jofra Archer, whose recovery and fitness continues to be monitored by ECB. Jofra will return home to focus on his rehabilitation.… pic.twitter.com/wMPBdmhDRf
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 9, 2023
Archer returned to international cricket earlier this year after an absence of nearly two years, owing to elbow and back injuries which both put his career in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, Jordan, who went unsold at a base price of Rs 2 crore at the auction that was held in December last year, but has represented ECB, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings in his previous stints in the IPL.
Jordan, 34, made his IPL debut in 2016, has so far played 28 IPL matches and has 27 wickets against his name. The speedster has represented England in 87 T20Is and has scalped 96 T20I wickets. Jordan last played in the IPL in 2022 for Super Kings, where he managed two wickets in four outings.