England name preliminary World Cup squad, Jofra Archer left out

England name preliminary World Cup squad, Jofra Archer left out

Barbados-born Archer, who plays for Sussex in the English County circuit, became eligible to play for England as the European Central Bank reduced qualification period from seven years to three years.

Following his snub of Cricket West Indies' (CWI) attempts to have him suit up for the regional side, Barbadian Jofra Archer's wish to play instead for England in the imminent World Cup has met with more objections from within the team.

England play Ireland in a one-dayer before a five-match ODI series and a Twenty20 against Pakistan.

The 24-year-old Sussex bowler - whose father is English - was the only high-level player to benefit when the England and Wales Cricket Board decided in November to alter residency rules.

Even if Archer is not included in the provisional World Cup squad tomorrow, England can make changes to it until May 23.

The right-handed batsman and bowler, who is capable of hitting the high 140 kmph speed, Archer has lighted up the T20 leagues all over the world and has impressed in his appearances in the Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League (IPL), apart from the T20 Blast in England.

"The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer's performances in domestic and franchise cricket", said Smith. "He is a very talented and exciting cricketer", national selector Ed Smith said after the selection meeting in London on Wednesday.

"In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC World Cup before April 23".

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The ECB also announced that players selected in the squads, who are now playing in the Indian Premier League, will return to England on or before April 26.

Asked if it was fair that the Sussex all-rounder could replace someone in the World Cup squad who has been part of the team for years, Woakes said: "Fair probably is not the..."

"It probably wouldn't be fair, morally, but at the same time it's the nature of worldwide sport", said Woakes.

Last month David Willey said he was unsure "whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they're available".

Barbados born all-rounder Jofra Archer has finally earned the much awaited call-up for the upcoming Pakistan series before the World Cup. "That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads".

"I wouldn't want to see any of my mates and team-mates miss out".

They are seeking their first men's World Cup title. The team takes on Ireland in a one-off ODI on May 3 whereas the series against Pakistan begins on May 5.

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