The 17-Year-Old Dubbed The New Jofra Archer
Warwickshire is close to signing Barbadian teenage sensation Che Simmons into their first team. Che, who has been on trial in their Second XVI, has been in phenomenal form, drawing parallels with Barbadian-born English fast bowler Jofra Archer.
The 17-year old seam bowler carries a British passport through his father. It is likely he could turn out for the England squad in the future. He was recommended to Warwickshire by fellow Barbadian Ottis Gibson to Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace.
The deal is expected to include an academic scholarship to complete his schooling in the UK. The Barbadian fast bowler currently attends Combermere School. This fine institution has produced several distinguished players like the current West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite, Wes Hall, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worall, and Chris Jordan.
If Che chooses to play for England, he ought to make haste and move permanently to the UK before his eighteenth birthday. This is to avoid the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) stipulation that players who move to the UK after their eighteenth birthday must complete a residency of three years if they intend to play for England.
When Jofra Archer decided to play for England, he moved to England at twenty years old and was initially expected to start for England at the end of winter in 2022 after a seven-year residency. However, the ECB revised this residency period to three years to conform to ICC regulations; hence, Jofra made his international debut for England in 2019. Before he moved to England, he played for West Indies Under-19s three times in 2014, but he had already indicated his intention to play for the English senior squad.
Che has represented Barbados Under-15s in the past, although he remains mum on where he would like to play his senior international career. The Barbadian fast bowler came to the spotlight after taking all ten wickets in an innings while competing for the Franklyn Stephenson Academy. He finished with outstanding figures of 10 for 16 from 5.3 overs. Just two of the runs he yielded came off the bat.
If Che gets the Warwickshire contract, he will join fellow Barbadian Jacob Bethell, who has already made the transition and has even trained with England’s Young Lion’s team. Jacob inked a three-year deal with Warwickshire. In addition, he has decided to play for England in his senior career. He joined the ranks of Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan in a worrying trend that has seen Caribbean talent opting to play for England.
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