It’s set to be a very exciting time for cricket fans around the world as the Cricket World Cup kicked off last week with the tournament being hosted by England and Wales. England go into the tournament as favourites and they are currently ranked as the best one-day international side in the world hosting an array of talents such as Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler to name a few.
One bowler who wasn’t sure whether he would be allowed to represent England at all let alone fire them at the World Cup is Jofra Archer. Due to previous England rules surrounding an overseas player and the number of years they have to live in England Archer wasn’t hopeful of going to the tournament.
Archer was born in Barbados but has an English father and a British passport. Under the previous rules, he would not have been eligible until the winter of 2022 after a seven-year residency.
The new rules are aimed at enticing promising players from other nations who qualify to play for England to do so.
The new rules mean England players will have to,
• Have British citizenship and
• Either have been born in England/Wales or have three years’ residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March) and
• Not have played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a full member country within the past three years.
The changes bring the ECB closer to International Cricket Council regulations.
However, not everyone was pleased with the rule changes and Archer’s inclusion. England player Chris Woakes said “If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate,” “It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of international sport.”
The nature of recruitment within English cricket has been changed through these rule changes but the ECB see them as necessary for England to compete for the long term.