Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Jofra Archer could be fast-tracked into the England cricket squad in time for the Ashes and World Cup in 2019.
The 23-year-old Sussex all-rounder was born and raised in Barbados but has made it clear he sees his international future with England.
He has an English father and a British passport but is not eligible under current ECB rules to play for England until the winter of 2022, when he will have completed the seven-year residency period.
Although ICC rules state that players who move to a country after they are 18 need to complete a residency period of four years, the ECB increased its regulations in 2012 from four years to seven in a bid to boost the number of homegrown England players and decrease the number of Kolpak players qualifying to play for England.
However, according to an exclusive report in The Times, the ECB are now considering changing its regulations on residency qualification to allow Archer to be eligible for England in time for the World Cup and the Ashes next summer.
Archer is rated as one of the best pace-bowling prospects in world cricket.
Having joined Sussex in 2016, Archer finished the 2017 County Championship season as their leading wicket-taker and went on to make a huge impression in the Big Bash during a stint with Hobart Hurricanes.
His impressive T20 spell in Australia saw him snapped up by Rajasthan Royals at this year’s Indian Premier League auction for £800,000.