Quetta Gladiators’ pacer Jofra Archer has been forced to bring a premature end to his stint in the third season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018) due to a severe side strain. The 22-year-old, who was roped in by the Sarfraz Ahmed-led franchise this season, made an incredible start in his maiden campaign in the tournament, returning with impressive figures of 2 for 30 and 3 for 23 in the first two matches.
Quetta Gladiators sign Ben Laughlin as replacement for Jofra Archer for PSL 2018
While the recovery time for his injury is yet to be officially confirmed, the Quetta Gladiators have already roped in veteran Australian pacer Ben Laughlin as a replacement for Jofra Archer for PSL 2018 season. The Adelaide Strikers’ bowler arrived in Dubai on March 1 to link up with his new teammates.
Having started off with English county side Sussex in 2016, Archer wrapped up his 2017 County Championship campaign as the highest wicket-taker in Division two. Subsequently, the Barbados-born fast bowler also impressed one and all with his exploits in the recently concluded season of Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), where he played for Hobart Hurricanes and was one of the driving forces behind their run to the final of the tournament.
Other than his well-known prowess with the ball, Archer is also known for his superb fielding skills and his more-than-handy ability with the bat lower down the order. It was precisely due to these skills that the Rajasthan Royals shelled out a whopping INR 7.20 crore to secure Archer’s services at January’s mega Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) auction in Bangalore.
With the young all-rounder’s PSL 2018 stint now being cut down due to a side strain, the Rajasthan Royals’ management will be praying for his speedy recovery so as to have Archer back in time and fully fit for the upcoming edition of the IPL, which starts in April.