England changes expat ruling

2012-04-30 18:43

London - Overseas born players wishing to represent England now face an extended qualification period of seven years, an increase on the existing four year term, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday.

The new regulation is to apply to all male cricketers who begin residence in England after their 18th birthday. For those living in England before they are 18, the period of qualification will be four years.

According to an ECB statement, the new qualification regulations will be deemed to have been effective as of April 25, 2012.

The English have come under fire, both from within their own cricket community and from abroad, particularly in Australia and South Africa, for fielding several players in recent years who were born overseas but qualified for their adopted nation under the four year-rule.

For example, South Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen, whose mother is English, played five seasons for county side Nottinghamshire before making his England international debut in 2004.

The amendment cannot be applied retrospectively and allows for ECB discretion to reduce the residence period to four years for prospective players who either hail originally from a country which is a non-International Cricket Council full member or who arrived in England before April 25.

That caveat could, possibly, apply to Irish players aiming to follow the same path as Dublin-born Middlesex and England batsman Eoin Morgan.


  • Eric Snyman Doms - 2012-04-30 19:05

    Now their cricket is really going to suck!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-01 19:15

      Our "B" side will take a knock.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-04-30 19:12

    They'll struggle to find a decent side now!

  • Craig - 2012-04-30 19:14

    Shame how on earth are the english going to play cricket without south africans in their teams?

  • Andile - 2012-04-30 19:45

    Kevin Peterson, Strauss, Trott, Panisar(sp), England might as well kiss their number 1 rankings goodbye for a long time to come. As for Wales, they will remain minores for a long time to come. But its good in a way, you can't have a team like France's football team that has maybe 80% non-France players. Grooming your own stars is really the way to go.

      Taariq - 2012-04-30 23:45

      Panesar was born in England. Strauss moved when he was 6.

      BrettDentonHarvey - 2012-05-01 14:53

      Players in wales play for England when they make international level, there is no Welsh national cricket team

  • Nigel - 2012-05-01 08:14

    excellent, now all countries should do this

  • Ashish - 2012-05-01 08:50

    Ah nw this is awesome let's c for how long england stay no1 widout sa players

  • John - 2012-05-01 11:31

    It's a pity Australia isn't contemplating a similar qualification for rugby players

      Harris - 2012-05-02 17:43

      Why is it a pity John ?

  • sean.looney - 2012-05-01 13:49

    it's a pity.. i take great pride in calling the english team south africa 'a'.

  • Ewan - 2012-05-01 18:23

    Talk about the Australians complaining!?? What a cheek!? Look at the composition of their Super 15 Rugby teams? And what about their National team? Go further eastwards to NZ; how many All Blacks were born in NZ?

      EJ - 2012-05-02 18:05

      last time I looked thier world cup squad only had 3 foreign born players

  • Pierre - 2012-05-01 19:26

    Mark, I am so happy that all the ignorant ex south african racists like you life in england now. You have no idea about the history of this country or have any right to ever come back here you and the pommie's deserve each each other. I happened to be at university with Trott and he is the most arrogant racists pr*ck you will ever meet. If all the SA sportsmen selling their souls to other countries are like him then we dont need them. Grow up you ignorant git

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-02 12:43

      Pierre - pot calling the kettle black????

  • Ian - 2012-05-02 00:56

    this should be fun, more of our 3 days or less tests specials, and why is the ecb coming up with this now, ooooh yes of course you think you are so big and tough at home against teams that dont travel well, come on june/july LETS GO, you are as good as dead england

  • Bob - 2012-05-02 10:13

    Tough on the guys that want to leave SA because of the racist quota system, it will now mean they will not be able to compete at International level.

  • Pierre - 2012-05-02 11:58

    The only racists is you bob. If you were a talented black or coloured during apartheid you would also not be able to play at international level just because of the colour of your skin!! Idiot

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-02 12:46

      Pierre - once again, pot calling the kettle black - suggest you have a good look at yourself before throwing around words like 'racist' & 'idiot'.

      Bob - 2012-05-02 12:48

      Pierre, not sure how you figure out I'm a racist, your second sentence is partly correct, I am certain there were people of colour competing for SA during the Apartheid era, I don't disagree that they were generally at a disadvantge, so does that make it right, reversing the roles and not giving young talented white people some of which weren't even born during the apartheid era, a fair chance. Looking at the thumbs down it would appear YOU are the idiot.

  • Michael - 2012-05-02 20:33

    Q. Where do the England cricket and rugby players stay when they tour in South Africa. A. With their families.

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