The Barbadian born fast bowler Jofra Archer might don the jersey of England national team in the 2019 World Cup. The fast bowler from the Caribbean made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2016 and has impressed many with his fast and accurate bowling.
He was simply outstanding in Australia’s Big Bash League in 2018. His performance caught the eyes of many as the bowler was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping amount of 7.2 crore INR in the IPL 2018. A few weeks back, 23-year old Jofra Archer expressed his desire to play for England national team. Now as it seems, his dream might come true sooner than expected.
ECB is accelerating the case of Jofra Archer
As per reports in The Times, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wants to accelerate the eligibility process of the young fast bowler. Apart from a superb fast-bowler, Jofra Archer is a brilliant fielder and a powerful lower order batsman.
Although Jofra Archer now has a British passport, and he has the right to live and work in the United Kingdom, there is one slight complication to his case. As he moved to England after his 18th birthday, he would need to live in the UK for seven years in order to be eligible to play for England cricket team. This rule came into play in 2012, which ECB increased from 4 years in a bid to increase home-grown talent.
Archer’s hopes to play for England now rest on the possibility of the ECB ruling to match the ICC’s four-year qualifying period, or on a discretionary decision, both of which would allow him to compete for England come next summer.
Although much of the England players being eager to welcome Archer into their ranks, all due to the kind of player Jofra Archer is, any formal decision to fast-track a players’ eligibility period would first have to be agreed by the ECB’s 12-person board. England would surely like to add someone like Jofra Archer in its Arsenal. The 23-year old fast bowler made his impact visible in the recently concluded IPL. He was more economical and was accurate with his bowling in the IPL.