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No chance Archer will play for Windies claims fellow Barbadian-born English cricketer Jordan
Barbadian-born English cricketer Chris Jordan remains confident talented prospect Jofra Archer will follow in his footsteps and play for England despite a keen interest from the region of his birth the West Indies.
The 22-year-old Jofra, who currently plies his trade for English county cricket club Sussex County, recently caught the attention of the world when he became the most expensive Caribbean-born player selected in an Indian Premier League (IPL) draft.
Archer was picked up for US$1,110,480 by the Rajasthan Royals after having an impressive season in the Australia Big Bash League (BBL) with the Hobart Hurricanes. Recently, Cricket West Indies (CWI) expressed hope of getting the player, who expressed a desire to represent England, to represent the West Indies instead. Archer, whose father is British, will not be able to represent the country until the winter of 2022 under ECB rules as he did not live in England until after his 18th birthday.
During that time, Archer, who was born in Barbados, will miss out on the 2019 World Cup and 2022 T20 World Cup. The player would be eligible to represent the Windies immediately. Despite the wait and the lure of playing international cricket, Jordan who invited Archer to try out for Sussex does not believe the player will be swayed.
"He has the desire," the seamer said. "You can ask him. He wants to play in all three formats for England and he enjoys the longer form.
"He's a talented player and anyone would want him to play for them. But, as he's said on many occasions, he wants to play for England. It just stops there,” he added.
"By the time he is able to play international cricket, he'll be hardened and know his game even better. He can come on the scene and flourish straightaway."