Archer clear for Eng­land World Cup call

Daily Mail - - Sports - By RICHARD GIBSON

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.

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