Ba­jan may be on Eng­land World Cup team

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LON­DON – Bar­ba­dian fast bowl­ing all-rounder Jofra Archer could be set to play for Eng­land in both the World Cup and the Ashes next year, af­ter the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) an­nounced a change to its el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria – from seven years to three – fol­low­ing its board meet­ing at Lord’s.

The 23-year-old Archer has been on Sus­sex’s books since ar­riv­ing at the county in 2015, and has risen to be­come one of the most sought-af­ter all-round tal­ents in the world game

– a quick and ac­cu­rate fast bowler and hard-hit­ting bats­man, who was bought by Ra­jasthan Roy­als for

£800 000 (BDS$ 2 044 460) in last year’s IPL auc­tion.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous ECB reg­u­la­tions, Archer had been braced to serve a sevenyear res­i­dency qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which would have made him avail­able to Eng­land in 2022.

The terms of that reg­u­la­tion also re­quired him to be in the UK for 210 days a year – caus­ing con­flict­ing pri­or­i­ties for a man who would be a mar­quee pick at any T20 tour­na­ment around the world.

In a press re­lease, the

ECB con­firmed the chang­ing cri­te­ria for play­ers such as Archer, who had moved to the UK af­ter their 18th birth­day, stat­ing that the new reg­u­la­tions brought the board into line with the ICC’S own reg­u­la­tions, which were them­selves amended this year from four years to three.

The change will come into force on Jan­uary 1, 2019, mean­ing that Archer could con­ceiv­ably make his Eng­land de­but on the tour of the Caribbean that starts later that month. (Esp­n­cricinfo)

(In­ter­net im­age.)

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