Explosive Barbadian all-rounder Jofra Archer has landed a multi-million dollar deal in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals on the opening day of the auction recently.
Archer, 22, who have played only 20 first class matches but is yet to feature in an international, got a US$1.3 million contract to become the most expensive Caribbean player purchased.
A virtual unknown, his name had been on the lips of several franchises since he shot into the limelight in recent months with Horbart Hurricanes in the Australian Big Bash.
The fast-bowler has been one of the standouts in the tournament, grabbing 15 wickets with his pace, while showcasing his superb out-fielding.
The lucrative deal represents a bit of a fairy tale for Archer who only made his debut 18 months ago after spending a few years in obscurity, while stricken with a back injury.
Signed by Sussex in 2016, Archer was also outstanding for the club during the last English County season, claiming 61 wickets as the club’s leading bowler, in his first full campaign.
He has never played senior team cricket with his native Barbados but qualifies for England through his father.
However, there was no such luck for West Indies superstar opener Chris Gayle, who was bought for the base price of US$312,000 by Kings XI Punjab on day two of the players’ auction.
The 38-year-old was released by Royal Challengers after spending seven seasons with the franchise, but struggled last season garnering only 200 runs from nine innings.