Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer

England cricket authorities must use the most of the thrilling World Cup win in July to encourage the youngsters to take up the sport for the long term, according to England pacer Jofra Archer.

The 24-year-old Barbados-born speedster who made a great impact immediately after becoming eligible to play for England earlier this year. He showed a great nerve while bowling the crucial Super Over in the ICC World Cup final against New Zealand. However, England won the title on the number of boundaries scored after the match ended on a tie and the sides were level after the Super Over too.

He further said that it was great to see the way young people were inspired by the World Cup win and they want to start playing the game, But he said that the authorities needed to find ways to keep them interested for the game over the long period of time.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Image source: Reuters)

“I’ve seen many videos of kids playing, doing their celebrations in the back garden,” he said. “I think the World Cup is going to get spoken about for many years to come. We do need to use it. I think we need to push it a lot further. Look at the kids. It’s wet and muddy but I don’t think they care. It makes us happy to see them playing and wanting to do better.”

“Never give up,” he said. “If no one believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. You never know where cricket can take you in two weeks, two months or a year… Anything is possible.”

“We want to climb the rankings in the Test Championship. I think we can make history,” he said. “We have started already. Hopefully we can win back-to-back (World Cups). Who’s to say we can’t? Everyone is around the same age in the group we have got together. We will be together for a lot more years.”