The 24-year-old Jofra Archer recently made his international cricket debut for England. The young pace-bowling all-rounder has recently revealed that he is not focusing on the upcoming World Cup spot, rather than he is preparing himself for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Barbados-born Jofra Archer’s international cricket debut was delayed due to eligibility regulation. However, the newly modified law has helped him to make his debut much earlier than previous expectation.
During England’s last ODI against Ireland at Dublin on last Friday (3rd May), Archer finally made his international debut. While England won that tight match by four wickets, the right-arm pacer had the bowling figures of 8-0-40-1.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup while the squad-announcement deadline was 23rd April 2019. However, they can still change the players until 23rd May 2019.
Before the upcoming Cricket World Cup, England will play the limited-overs cricket against Pakistan at home. They will play one-off T20I and five-match ODI series from 5th May to 19th May. It will be an excellent opportunity for Jofra Archer to show his skills and earn the surprise World Cup call-up in the last minute.
I’m not thinking too far ahead – Jofra Archer
However, the youngster is not thinking much about this opportunity. He wants to focus match by match rather than thinking about the World Cup spot.
Archer recently said, “It’s game by game, I’m not thinking too far ahead. If I do well here, it will probably put my case forward. But I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot. Anyone would think about it.
“But [all I can do is] just play well here and hope. I’ll try not to set my heart on it. Obviously, the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it, so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out.”
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten teams will participate in this competition, including the host side England.
I had my eyes set on 2023 – Jofra Archer
Archer also revealed that his international debut happened earlier than he expected. He also added that he had already set his goal to play the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.
He quoted, “It’s done now. I’m here. It happened a bit quicker than I expected – I had my eyes set on 2023 and to be given the opportunity so early is really exciting. I’m here with a great team at a great time.”
Archer started to play the English County Cricket in 2016. Despite his good consistent performances in recent times, he was not able to play for England earlier due to eligibility regulation.
In the meantime, Archer is very happy with the welcome process of the English cricket team.
He added, “It’s been very welcoming. I knew most of the guys before coming here but it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads. I’m happy.”
Archer performed well in the IPL 2019. Playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR), he took 11 wickets in 11 matches in the latest IPL season. He made his IPL debut in IPL 2018 for the same team where he picked up 15 wickets in ten matches.