Jofra Archer stays patient for his England debut

Archer was picked up by Rajasthan Royals at 7.20 crores at the 2018 IPL auctions.

Jofra Archer played for the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 07. (DNA)

Jofra Archer is the latest uncapped pace sensation which has taken the cricketing world by storm. A well-travelled cricketer in franchise T20 cricket, Archer has made a mark for himself. Archer was earlier roped in by Rajasthan Royals at the IPL 2018 auctions for 7.20 Crore. 

The Barbados-born fast bowler, already a sensation, is yet to play international cricket. He has to wait at least till 2022 for that chance. The reason - a raw deal from his native cricket board forced him to pursue his cricketing career in England.

“I was angry with the West Indies, so that helped me with my decision to come and try to play for England,” Archer was quoted as saying to the times.co.uk.

Despite Archer's father being British, he is not eligible to play for England until 2022. This is because of ECB's new rules, where he is needed to complete seven-years of residency period. He is currently seen in action at the Pakistan Super League, playing for Quetta Gladiators. But it was his recent stint with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League that got him recognition as a talented cricketer.

Till the time he is away from his national debut, Archer says that he will be playing his trade in franchise T20 cricket. Archer also revealed his decision to move to England and his wish to play for the country. 

He lost faith in West Indies cricket after not being picked by the selectors for the 2014 U-19 World Cup. Archer says: “I wasn’t selected, so I had to think about what to do next. Once I knew it was an option, it was an easy decision to move to England.” Archer concluded. 


By Anshuman Roy - 24 Feb, 2018

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