Following the board meeting at Lord’s on 28 November 2018, ECB changed its eligibility criteria from seven years residency to three years. The most sought for Right-arm fast bowler Jofra Archer is now eligible to play for Englands National Team.
Under the previous ECB regulations, it was compulsory for players to have 7 years of residency in the country. Going with this rule Archer would have been available only after 2022.
Jofra Archer, is born and raised in Barbados and has represented West Indies at Under-19 level. He has been playing for Sussex County Cricket Club since 2015. With the change in the rule, he is now eligible to play for England in the ICC World Cup and Ashes Trophy.
In a press release after the board meeting, ECB confirmed the change in the criteria for players who had moved to the UK after their 18th birthday.
The new ECB eligibility criteria for players, both men, and women, from 1 January 2019, are:
a) British Citizenship and,
b) Either born in England/Wales, or three years residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March) and
c) Not played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a Full Member country within the last three years
“The exact date of Jofra’s qualification will depend on the time he spends out of the country during the rest of 2018-19. Qualifying for England has long been an aim of Jofra’s and Sussex Cricket is delighted for him that this ambition will now be realised sooner than previously envisaged.”- said a Sussex spokesman.
Jofra retweeted the news.