- Jofra Archer could play for England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
- ECB are prepared to exercise a loophole in their own qualification process for Koplak Cricketers
- Archer hails from Barbados but has a British passport courtesy of an English father
In Latest Cricket News the debate surrounding Jofra Archer’s country for next year’s Cricket World Cup has been sorted after the fast bowler has been cleared to play for England in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The latest turn of events has come after the English Cricket Board (ECB) found a loophole in their regulatory system are and are about to exercising a discretionary clause which will fast-track Archer’s eligibility to play for England by April next year.
According to Daily Mail, ECB are using “Rule Number 3” in their qualification criteria to ensure Archer plays next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup for England. Rule number 3 in ECB’s qualification criteria states that qualification for the Koplak cricketers (British Passport but with another country) are subject to the overriding discretion of the ECB, acting with the consent of the International Cricket Council. ICC also cut down their qualification periods from four years to three which means that a player like Archer can stay away from his native country West Indies for a consecutive period of 36 months and he will be eligible to play for another country.
Archer arrived in England back in 2013
Confirmed in Today Cricket News, Jofra Archer hails from Barbados but has a British passport courtesy of having an English father. Archer last played any form of cricket back in 2013 and that too at Under-19 level. Since then, West Indies have been ignoring Archer’s ability to play for their country and was not picked in last T20 World Cup. However, Archer has been playing in English country cricket since 2013 and has not played a single game in the Carribean since 2013. Archer now needs to continue playing for Sussex until April 2019 and ECB will envoke special considerations for Archer and make him an English cricket by the time 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup arrives and settle the debate surrounding Jofra Archer’s country.
Archer’s potential has evolved in last 18 months
Jofra Archer has been making shockwaves in World Cricket after picking 67 first-class wickets in last 2 years for Sussex and then became an instant hit in Australia’s T20 league – Big Bash T20 league playing for Hobart Hurricanes. Archer was then picked by IPL side Rajasthan Royals for $800,000 and was one of the best bowlers in IPL 2018. Archer has recently turned 23 and with ECB planning to induct him in England’s national side, we could see Jofra Archer play for next decade or so for the Three Lions. Archer was previously quoted saying about playing for England and fulfill his potential in International Cricket. With Archer in their ranks, England could become a serious contender to win the ICC Cricket World Cup next year which is being played in England.
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