English pace ace Jofra Archer has ruled out a Big Bash stint this summer declaring he’s had enough of “bubbles”.
Archer burst on to the cricket scene with the Hobart Hurricanes before going on to become a key cog of England’s Test and one-day teams.
But the fast bowler, who has spent 87 days in the English quarantine bubble, more than any other England player, for Tests against the West Indies and Pakistan and now a series against Australia wants to see his family.
Archer has a $1.4 million deal with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League after the current series against Australia, and wants to spend his winter at home.
“I’ll tell you, it has been mentally challenging,” said Archer, who plays all three formats for England.
“I‘ll be honest with you, I don’t know if I have much more bubbles left in me for the rest of the year.. ”I haven’t seen my family, really, since February.
“The IPL is going to be most of October, November, we‘re going to South Africa hopefully as well. That only leaves me with a few weeks in December for the rest of the year.
“I love my Hobart family, but I think I need to spend some time with my real family as well.
“When the year turns, we‘re going to be back in the bubble in the UAE and then India. Family time is really important, especially when you actually cannot see them physically. So any time off I’m going to spend with them.”
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The international contingent in this year’s BBL remains up in the air due to the constraints posed by COVID-19.
Teams will be playing out of moving “villages” this summer with officials to set up a series of quarantine hubs in cities around Australian pending border restrictions being eased.
But Cricket Australia abandoned plans for an international player draft because of the difficulties of getting players to Australia because of the pandemic.
Several English players, including Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan have been linked to BBL clubs, but none have signed.
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