Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket has revealed that pacer Jofra Archer suffered a finger injury due to a freak fish tank incident before the tour of India. Giles revealed that due to the incident, Archer suffered a cut middle finger on his right hand. The incident had occurred at Archer’s flat in January and even though it got better over the next month, ECB management decided to investigate the matter properly. “This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I can see what’s going to happen on Twitter as soon as I say this. But, yeah, he was cleaning at home. He’s got a fish tank. He dropped the fish tank, cut his hand, and he’s been in surgery,” Giles said on BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan show, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“He’s come out of it well. It was managed through India, he was treated when he arrived and it wasn’t an open wound on that finger. It didn’t stop him playing, but given he came home for an injection on his elbow, he went to a specialist because the finger was still a bit stiff,” Giles said.
“They’ve operated and I think they found a small fragment of glass still in attendance. It obviously healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger. So, it was the right thing to do. We’ve got a clear window to do it as well. We wish him the best for his recovery but it’s true, it’s not a conspiracy,” he added.
The pacer has now undergone a surgery on his right hand and the decision regarding him playing for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) will be taken later.
Archer had played two Tests and all the five T20Is against India, and then he was ruled out from the ODI series and a part of the IPL.