England may well turn to Jofra Archer’s speeding deliveries in the much anticipated 2019 World Cup.
England likely to exercise a discretionary clause within their eligibility regulations. It has been reported ECB may well have to consider a change to their ‘seven-year residency qualification’ period in case the Sussex pacer makes the cut.
Last October, the ICC cut down the qualification periods from four years to three years and aligned rules for the men’s game with the women’s.
Therefore, Barbados-born Archer needs to acknowledge the 36-month sit-out rule to represent England.
Archer holds a British passport, and his father is an Englishman. The pacer was last seen in the international set-up back in 2013 when he represented the Windies U19 side.
He later got dropped for the World Cup in early 2014 and had not played in the Caribbean domestic circuit since that year.
Morgan on the Archer scenario
England skipper Eoin Morgan though, shrugged all the possibilities recently. Morgan believed shuffling the squad lately could deter their chances in the mega event.
“Jofra is a very impressive player,” Morgan said. “He’s a guy who, if he was England qualified, we’d have looked at after maybe the Bangladesh league at the end of last year. He’d have gone on some Lions, and from there we’d have seen what happened.”
“But are we looking to break some rules? Absolutely not. They’re the rules. I had to qualify even though my mum is English and I’ve had a British passport since I was born.”
He also added it might well have been a bit too late, as the squad looks fit and raring to lift their maiden trophy at home next year.
“Is it too late if he did qualify at the start of next year? Yes, I think it is. Providing everybody is fit, I think it is.” Morgan added.