Archer counting down the days

Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer says he is “doing the maths” to ensure he qualifies for his “dream” of playing Test cricket for England.

Barbados-born Archer, 22, is not eligible for England until the winter of 2022, when he will have completed the seven-year residency period. He needs to spend 210 days a year in England to complete his residency.

“I think I have a longer career in England than I would have in Barbados,” he told Stumped on BBC World Service.

Under ECB rules, introduced in 2012, Archer, who has an English father and British passport, is not eligible to play for England until the winter of 2022 when he would have completed the seven-year residency period required for players who arrive in England after their 18th birthday.

At that stage, he will be 27 years old and both he and Sussex will be required to submit an application showing he meets the required criteria.

“He has committed to qualifying for England so we will do the process with him to make sure that happens,” Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield told BBC Sport.

“Jofra is clear of what it means and what the undertaking is and he is currently making sure he fulfils the criteria to make sure he can qualify for England when the time is right.”

Archer, who was sold in this month’s IPL auction for £800,000, has impressed in Australia’s Big Bash League with his pace and athleticism in the field.
He said he was able to manage the tournaments he plays in to ensure he meets the qualification criteria.

Archer, who grew up in Barbados, played three times for West Indies under-19s but was left out for the World Cup in 2014, something that rankled him then and since.

“It was really upsetting and I think I took it too seriously. That summer was the first summer I went to England,” said Archer.

“After playing with Sussex, I really think the conditions in England suit me. I saw that it’s possible to play for England.”

Archer, who will be 27 by the time he qualifies to represent England, said the experience he will gain over the next five years would help him be more confident in his game.

“I’m still young now so I think it’s a blessing really, not to play so young. Who knows – I could have a bad game or a bad series, and that could be me,” he added.

“It’s really good that I have some time to get to know my game inside out before I actually play Test cricket.”

Archer has attracted increased attention since England lost the Ashes in January, with former England spinner Graeme Swann saying he is a “player to get excited about”.

“He’s young, he’s an all-rounder, he has a very repeatable action and I know people on the south coast who are very excited about what he can bring to England cricket,” Swann said.

Australian cricket journalist Mel Farrell told BBC Radio 5 live that Archer has “absolutely” been one of the standout players in this year’s Big Bash.

“He has created some incredibly exciting moments,” she said. “They have been the moments that have gone viral, including a caught and bowled and an incredible run-out.”

With his big IPL payday, Archer will soon be seeking to get his own home in England.

“I live with my bowling coach at the moment, so hopefully this year I can get my family over to come and see some of the [T20] Blast, some of the four-day stuff,” he added.

“I hope to get my own place so I can bring most of my family over and let them experience some of England.”



Source: (BBC)

3 Responses to Archer counting down the days

  1. orlando February 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

    boy ! i know things are not good with west indies cricket right now and maybe we wont get it right till later . but just think about what you would bring to west indies cricket .i would say 5 yrs, is a long time to wait to play for england .right now you started making money so it will be worth it in the end with good heath and good luck.but boy for selfish reasons i wish you chose west indies .most guys playing now are your age and your friends. but i wish you all the best . you are really some kind of talent . GOOD LUCK . I MISS YOU ALREADY

  2. Cecil Brooks February 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    what is so special about cricket in England, that a west Indian would want to wait 4-5 years to play for this country. I put this thinking to not understanding who you are. However I understand this young westindian plight, went one listens to westindian cricket commentators,saying over and over that no westindian cricketer is good unless he plays cricket in England. Yet over the past 20 years I am yet to see any great westindian cricketer who started playing cricket in England. On the other hand, I can show you great cricketers who played their cricket in the westindies and as good/great cricketers tested in west indian conditions went to England and played professional cricket and earned a better living for themselves. Let me name a few Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weeks, Sir Wesley Hall, Sir Charles Griffith, Sir Frank Worrell, Conrad Hunte Malcom Marshall, Sylvester Clarke, Joel Garner and we can go on, you will notice I left out other great westindians players from the other islands and I mean no disrespect to these great gentlemen, but I really do not know what is really said or done about young cricketers from these islands but iam sick of hearing Barbadians saying that you can only become a great cricketer if you play cricket in England, when all the evidence point us, to the fact that all of our great cricketers were better than any cricketers from England before any played any serious in england and because of their greatness they were given invitations to play in England and not the other way around.Today we have a lot of young cricketers who go to England each year and play cricket and have been doing this for the last 15 years, we even send cricketers on 2 year school exchanges, we have The Lord Govirn receiptans going on exchanges with clubs in England.What results have we seen so far, any great players? and I do not want anyone to say that these actions are not beneficial to our cricket. When we start believing that we can produce good cricketers in these islands and put the right programs along with the right incentives then and only then, will we see good/great cricketers again, who England and the world will give invitations to play in their countries again. Mr Archer please learn about your history and westindies cricket history and understand who you are, your cricket started here in the westindies, you are westindian sir and I do not remember any Englishman doing what you are doing when westindies were world champions.

  3. Greengiant February 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I really do like this guy Archer. I did since I saw him with Dennis ‘Parker’ Osbourne at Foundation school, but I must wonder why would a young man at 22 years old wait for another 4 years to play for England. As a professional athlete plenty can happen in four years.

    As a test cricketer, it doesn’t matter who you play for, but that you play at the highest level. The county clubs will have to pay much more for his services if he’s a test player. He’s already in demand, so he doesn’t need to be playing for England to play in the T20 leagues around the world. He’s been misinformed, misguided, and the only person at risk is himself.

    I can only wish him the very best of health, form and of course luck during that four year wait. He would do well to learn the history of the treatment received by players of minority races in England by the E C B. History does not tell lies.


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