Windies Born Jofra Archer Could Play For England At World Cup After ECB Changes Eligibility Rules

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| November 30 , 2018 , 16:51 IST

Fast Bowler Jofra Archer can play for England in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup as well as in the Ashes next year. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday had revised the eligibility rules from seven years to three in the board meeting held at Lord's.

The 23-year-old seamer, who was born and brought up in Barbados, and had also represented West Indies at Under-19 level.

Going by the previous rules, Archer, who holds a British passport wouldn't have qualified to play for England until 2022 as he hadn't arrived in the United Kingdom until after his 18th birthday in 2015.

However, he has been playing county cricket for Sussex since 2015 alongside fellow Bajan-born Chris Jordan. Jofra has also represented the Hobart Hurricanes in Australia's Big Bash League.

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Speaking to media a Sussex spokesman said, "The exact date of Jofra's qualification will depend on the time he spends out of the country during the rest of 2018-19". Qualifying for England has long been an aim of Jofra's and Sussex Cricket is delighted for him that this ambition will now be realised sooner than previously envisaged."

The new ECB eligibility criteria for both men and women, from 1 January 2019, are:

  1. a) British Citizenship and,
  2. b) Either born in England/Wales, or 3 years residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March) and
  3. c) Not played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a Full Member country within the last 3 years.

It is learnt that previous ECB eligibility criteria for male players was:

  1. a) British citizenship; and
  2. b) Either born in England/Wales, or 7-year residence if moving from a Full Member County and arriving after 18th birthday, or 4 years if moving from an Associate Member County or arriving before 18th birthday (residence=210 day/year April-March); and

c) Not played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a full member country within 4/7 years.