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Michael Vaughan reckons a huge IPL deal for a Caribbean-born cricketer

Michael Vaughan tweeted, “This kid is fantastic .. I reckon his IPL deal will be a huge one ..  Doesn’t qualify for England for 4 more years .. unless the ECB change I reckon he might be lost to T20 leagues rather than see him in the Test arena…”

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Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images for Yorkshire Tea)

T20 cricket is no more about established players only. Off late, we have seen that players who can try different things on the field are the ones getting attention from franchises all over the world. With the presence of a handful number of T20 leagues around the world, more number of players are coming up and attracting the selectors. This enables the players to get recognized in the international scenario much earlier than what they would have expected.

The Big Bash fever is on in Australia. While few teams have their fates sealed, others are still fighting for the play-off spots. The Hobart Hurricanes find themselves on the bottom half of the table but still have a chance of qualification. There have been several finds in this edition of BBL and Jofra Archer is surely one of them.

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A 22-year-old Young Talent

Jofra Archer is a 22-year old right-arm fast-medium bowler and a right-handed batsman who hails from Barbados. He has been playing in England since 2016 for Sussex. The speedster, who has consistently broken the 140kph barrier in the BBL, played for West Indies’ Under-19s side only four years ago but has since declared his intention to qualify for England following a successful start to his career with county side Sussex. He resides in England and features for Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 07.

However, Archer’s residency is quite far as he will only be eligible to play for England after five years. Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan tweeted, “This kid is fantastic .. I reckon his IPL deal will be a huge one ..  Doesn’t qualify for England for 4 more years .. unless the ECB change I reckon he might be lost to T20 leagues rather than see him in the Test arena…” He was impressive against strikers against whom he took 3 crucial wickets and bowled the final over too. He now has eight wickets in four games at an economy rate of just six.

Raw pace is something that is always admired in England. But in spite of Michael Vaughan supporting Archer, it may not be possible to advance his residential status and make him eligible to play for England before five years.

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