Jofra Archer not losing sleep over World Cup dreams
Jofra Archer is hopeful of playing the World Cup for England. (Getty Image)

The prospect of representing England sure excites Jofra Archer but the 23-year-old is not taking anything for granted. Archer may see himself donning ODI colours for the Three Lions in the ICC World Cup 2019 and as early as the tour of the West Indies, after the England Cricket Board (ECB) changed their eligibility criteria to three years from seven at their board meeting in Lord s on Wednesday.

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“I’m a bit excited, however that doesn’t guarantee I’ll be selected this year or for anything upcoming as yet,” Archer told ESPNcricinfo. “If it happens, it happens, but I don’t want to think too far down the line. I’ve still got lots of cricket to play even before then so it makes no sense dwelling on that.”

“It is [exciting to be available for World Cup selection] but on the other side, because I’ve done so well in the Big Bash and the IPL which are coming up, if I’m doing well at them it’s something to argue about coming into the World Cup. As long as I look after my performances they should look after me with selection.”

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Archer, who holds a British passport and plays for Sussex since 2016, was serving ECB s previous seven-year residency rule which effectively meant that he would be available to England in 2022, by which he would have been 27.

Archer was also required to be in the UK for 210 days a year causing conflicting priorities for a man who would be a marquee pick at any T20 tournament around the world. On Wednesday, the ECB confirmed changed the criteria for players such as Archer, who turned heads in this year s Big Bash League where he picked 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.88 and brought it on line with the ICC s own regulations.

A Jamaican by birth, Archer recently admitted that he would love to debut in front of his family, when England travel to the Caribbean in January, But for that to happen, Archer will be required to skip the Big Bash League, where he plays for Hobart Hurricanes and be in England.

“I’m not too sure [about skipping the Big Bash],” he said. “I haven’t been to Australia as of yet. I don’t know how the CEO would react. I haven’t asked yet. Obviously everything just happened only two days ago, so there’s still some time to do some thinking and to really see what takes priority.”

Just how much of a case Archer is able to present for himself remains to be seen considering how well balanced the current England limited-overs set-up is. In fact, Eoin Morgan had earlier stated that if needed, he will drop himself, such is the solidity England have in their line-up. The real twist though, arrived when Morgan recently did not look too positive regarding Archer s World Cup hopes.

“I think [Morgan]’s the captain, I don’t think he’s the one who picks the team,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense chasing it, as it’s only been two days. There’s still lots of time before the air changes. I’m still not fully qualified as yet, I still have to do my days. If it happens, it happens but I probably won’t try to overthink it too much.

“[England] are the No.1 team in the world and even if I am in the squad and not the team I think it would be a great experience to be around all those players.

“I just try not to think about it too much. England are doing really well in the Tests and ODIs, they’re doing well in everything and I think it will be hard to squeeze my way into the team.”