England’s Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has revealed that a fish tank was to blame for Jofra Archer’s hand injury sustained earlier this year.
The reigning IPL MVP is also nursing an elbow complaint which isn’t related to the hand issue, but he took the opportunity of his recent break to have surgery on the latter.
Giles revealed Archer cut the middle finger on his right hand in January in an incident at his home in Hove.
“This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I can see what’s going happen on Twitter as soon as I say this,” Giles said on BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan show. “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 today.
“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.
“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.”
The 2021 IPL is due to commence on April 9.