Daily Mail UK – England could add Jofra Archer’s searing pace to their bid for World Cup glory next summer by exercising a discretionary clause within their own eligibility regulations.

Summary

  • England could add Jofra Archer’s searing pace to their bid for World Cup glory next summer by exercising a discretionary clause within their own eligibility regulations.
  • However, rule three of their own playing conditions – which relates to regulations governing the qualification of cricketers for England – begins ‘Subject to the overriding discretion of the ECB, acting with the consent of the International Cricket Council.
  • Sportsmail can reveal that the Archer issue was raised by leading cricket agents at a forum at Edgbaston on Wednesday, with clarification sought from the ECB’s regulation manager Amanda Hill as to whether it would lead to changes to qualification periods in the near future.
  • The ECB lengthened their own England qualification period back in 2012 in a bid to deter Kolpak cricketers, predominantly from southern Africa, turning their backs on their own countries to chase county deals and an international career here.
  • England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan remained lukewarm on the idea of Archer being in the selection mix when asked about his potential fast-tracking last week and is known to be fiercely loyal to a squad that have surged to the No 1 ranking in 50-over cricket.


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