Jofra Archer in Line to Play for England in the Ashes and the World Cup Next Year

Published - 05 Jun 2018, 08:22 PM | Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 12:35 AM

Jofra Archer

The England and Wales Cricket Board is trying to change their qualification of residency to accommodate all-rounder Jofra Archer for England’s national selection.

They are trying to bring Archer into the fold for the Ashes and the ICC World Cup which is slated for next year. The news was broken by the Times, London.

Archer was born and brought up in Barbados. He went on to represent the Windies U-19 side. He rose to fame with his exceptional performances in the Big Bash League 2017. Courtesy his stellar performances; Archer bagged a whopping Rs 7.20 crores in the IPL auctions. Rajasthan Royals bought him in the 2018 IPL Auctions.

As per the rules of ECB, a player has to serve a seven-year qualification period and be “in residence” in England for 210 days a year. In that regard, Archer is not eligible to represent England until 2022.

However, they are trying to speed up the availability of a player who will provide England will serious pace and some lusty blows in the lower order. He is also an athletic fielder. Archer has a UK passport and has the right to live and work in Britain.

Jofra Archer

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However, be did not move in England till his 18th birthday. As per stipulations of the ECB, Archer has to be a resident of England for consecutive seven years before being eligible to represent the national side.

Although the ICC rules state a player must a complete a four years residency period for national selection. However, the ICC increased its regulations from 4 to seven years.

The move was made to reduce the Kolpak players

The move was made to increase the number of domestic England players and decrease the number of Kolpak players.

However, the rules are being modified to accommodate Archer. He is an excellent all-rounder in his rights. Moreover, the move has to be agreed by the 12 person board of ECB.

Archer had a brilliant IPL season for the Rajasthan Royals and was instrumental in taking Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs. He bagged a total of 15 wickets in ten matches at an economy rate of 8.36. He executed the Yorkers to perfection and gave a torrid time to the opposition batsmen.

Jofra Archer England Test Match
Jofra Archer ruled out of PSL 2018. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

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