Archer clear for England World Cup call
England could add Jofra archer’s pace to their bid for World Cup glory next summer by using a discretionary clause in their own eligibility rules.
It was assumed that the ECB would have to amend the sevenyear residency qualification to select the Sussex fast bowler before the winter of 2022-23.
However, it turns out England can ignore their self-imposed criteria and apply those used by other major nations on a caseby-case basis.
last October, the ICC reduced qualification periods from four years to three and aligned rules for the men’s game with the women’s. It means a player with a British passport such as archer (right) — Barbados-born by an English father — need only fulfil what the ICC yesterday confirmed as a ‘sit- out’ period of 36 months to switch from one country’s system to another.
archer last played for West Indies Under 19 in October 2013 but was left out of the World Cup in early 2014 and has not played domestic cricket in the Caribbean since March that year. He arrived in the UK to play club cricket in 2015 and has not looked back. Exactly when he switched allegiance is not certain but the fact that he committed to Sussex before the 2016 season means he would be free next March/ april should England wish to provide him with special dispensation.