Cape Town - West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Johnny Graves feels
Jofra Archer could play for the Caribbean side if they qualify for the 2019
World Cup, to be played in the UK.
The 22-year-old Archer, who plays county cricket for Sussex,
has set tongues wagging around the world with special performances as he helped
the Hobart Hurricanes reach the final in the recent Big Bash League tournament
His exploits Down Under earned him a multi-million dollar
deal with the Rajasthan Royals in this season's Indian Premier League.
Archer, a former Windies U19 cricketer, is only eligible to
play for England in 2022 but Graves feels the lure of a World Cup could tempt
the fast bowler to play for the Caribbean side.
The Windies will play in a World Cup qualifying tournament
in Zimbabwe, starting next month, with Graves saying that the World T20 in
Australia in 2020 is also something that could coax Archer to represent the men
In an article published on the cricket paper website, Graves
said: "As a cricketer you always want to play at the highest level and,
for the moment at least, the highest level by a considerable distance, is
"In which case, you would hope that he says, 'I've done
it against domestic competition and now I want to test myself at international
"From our point of view we need to give him another
option and the first part of that is for us to qualify for the World Cup.
"Then Jofra's only opportunity to play in the 2019
World Cup in England, will be with the West Indies. His only opportunity to
play in the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020 is with the West Indies, too.
"Ultimately, if we're not in that 2019 tournament then
we’ re probably not doing all we can to convince him that his international
future lies with the West Indies.
"Financially he'll be far better off in the short to
medium-term being a West Indies international. With the Caribbean Premier
League, a West Indies white-ball retainer along with its match fees and
insurance policy, along with the ability to go and play IPL as well as other
leagues would dwarf his Sussex contract once he has paid back two months of it
for playing in the IPL."
Graves however said that they will not enter into a tug of
war with England or pray that Archer plays for the Windies, pointing out that
they have good all-rounders in white-ball cricket.
Graves continued: "We're not sat here praying for
Jofra, because we've got some very capable all-rounders here.
"We've got two of our captains in that position with
Jason Holder and Carlos Braithwaite and we've got Andre Russell coming back.
We're not lacking talent in terms of players who can bowl and bat.
"Clearly if Jofra continues to progress the way he has
done then any international side would want him in and around their team or