Jofra Archer set to play at World Cup for England as ECB tweak rules to land rising star of world cricket

HIGHLY-RATED fast bowler Jofra Archer will be eligible for England selection next year after a change in the qualification criteria was announced.

Barbadian-born Archer has an English father and a British passport.

 Jofra Archer is in line for an England call-up after the ECB changed the eligibility rules

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Jofra Archer is in line for an England call-up after the ECB changed the eligibility rules

But previous England and Wales Cricket Board regulations meant he would not have come into contention until the winter of 2022.

That was because those regulations required a seven-year residency period for anyone who had entered the UK after their 18th birthday.

This applies to Sussex star Archer, who arrived in the UK in 2015.

But in an effort to "bring the ECB regulations closer to those of the ICC (International Cricket Council)," the residency period has been brought down to three years from January 1, 2019.

 The news that Jofra Archer could be starring for England soon will be music to the ears of cricket fans

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The news that Jofra Archer could be starring for England soon will be music to the ears of cricket fans

The 23-year-old posted on Twitter after leanring of the U-turn, writing: "It may or may not happen but I would love to debut in front of my family."

Archer finished the 2017 County Championship season as Sussex's leading wicket-taker in Division Two – but things would go on to get even bigger for the talent.

 Jofra Archer once bowled at 94mph - this shows what a weapon he could be for England

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Jofra Archer once bowled at 94mph – this shows what a weapon he could be for England

He joined Aussie Big Bash League side Hobart Hurricanes, and bowled a double-wicket maiden on debut against the Melbourne Renegades.

He was named by Australian cricket journalist Mel Farrell as "one of the standout players of the year".

IPL giants Rajasthan Royals paid £800,000 for Archer in the 2018 auction – emphasising the growing emergence of one of the wonderkids of world cricket.

HIGHLY-RATED fast bowler Jofra Archer will be eligible for England selection next year after a change in the qualification criteria was announced.