Jofra Archer, the fast bowler from Sussex, seemed excited after a change in England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rule that allowed him to be available for England selection as early as 2019. However, he doesn’t want to think too far about his selection.
Previously, Archer would have to serve a seven-year residency time in England, only to make him available to don the jersey of Three Lions in 2022. However, ECB after their latest regulations decided to reduce the period to three years and that makes Archer eligible for England selection from January 1, 2019, onwards.
“I’m a bit excited; however that doesn’t guarantee I’ll be selected this year or for anything upcoming as yet,” said Archer in an interview with ESPNCricinfo. “If it happens, it happens, but I don’t want to think too far down the line. I’ve still got lots of cricket to play even before then, so it makes no sense dwelling on that,” he added.
Jofra Archer bursts onto the scene with his spectacular show in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes. He has since made quite a name for himself in the IPL as well as for his county Sussex. However, now, with a change in ECB’s rules, Archer will now be available for England for the World Cup in England in 2019.
The fast bowler said that though it is exciting to have a shot at England’s World Cup squad, he is not thinking about it just yet.
“It doesn’t make any sense chasing it (the World Cup dream), as it’s only been two days,” he quipped. “There’s still lots of time before the air changes. I’m still not fully qualified as yet, I still have to do my days. If it happens, it happens but I probably won’t try to overthink it too much.
“England are doing really well in the Tests and ODIs, they’re doing well in everything and I think it will be hard to squeeze my way into the team. They are the No.1 team in the world and even if I am in the squad and not the team I think it would be a great experience to be around all those players,” he concluded.