Windies all-rounder Archer to be available for England selection from 2019
Despie playing for Windies U-19, all-rounder Jofra Archer can be seen playing for England in the future as he will be available for England selection from 2019 after the England and Wales Cricket Board changed its eligibility rules.
At a meeting on Wednesday, England Cricket Board (ECB) agreed to the change to the qualification criteria with the new requirements for both men and women coming into force on January 1, 2019. The changes include a three-year residence provision, reduced from the previous level of seven years, for those players not born in England or Wales.
And with that, Arche, who is one of the most promising all-rounder at the moment is likely to be available for England from mid-March next year. Even he can be seen in the England squad for their upcoming Windies tour in February next year. The bowler once tweeted – “It may or may not happen but I would love to debut in front of my family.”
However, this also means that Archer won’t have spent at least 210 days in the UK , the minimum amount of time necessary, in his third year of residency until mid-March next year, effectively ruling him out of the tour to the Caribbean.
The new ECB eligibility criteria for players are:
1) British Citizenship and,
2) Either born in England/Wales, or 3 years residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March)
3) Not played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a Full Member country within the last 3 years
1) British citizenship; or
2) Born in England/Wales; or
3) 3 years residence (on a rolling basis) and not having played for another Full Member country in the past 3 years