Jofra Archer needs support after racist abuse, says Ashley Giles
ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles has backed Jofra Archer’s England team-mates to rally round the paceman after the abuse he suffered during the first Test in New Zealand.
Archer took to Twitter shortly following the tourists were routed by an innings from Mount Maunganui to say he found it”a bit disturbing” to hear racial taunts during evening .
Giles is checking in with the Archer and was liaising with the house board in his job as managing director of the England men’s team.
Giles said:”It was obviously psychological, it hurts.
“We fully encourage Jofra, of course, there is no place for racism in the game, in any sport. Jofra is a part of our team but, whatever the abuse, we’d be absolutely right . He is a really important part of our team.
“You know what our staff is like, they’ll rally round him fairly well I must imagine. However, it’s a severe incident. He’s a young man making his way in the game and we just don’t require this kind of thing”
It’s believed that a rogue individual is to blame, but Giles has left no doubt a single homeless heckler is just too many to stick.
Giles added:”We are working really closely with New Zealand Cricket and I’ve spoken to their own primary executive (David White) that morning. They are extremely concerned that this occurred in their spot. At the moment we believe it’s an isolated incident but we will know.
“I’m hopeful they will find out that it is. There’s a whole great deal of CCTV round the grounds, I’m hoping someone else who was there could also identify the individual but they’re working really tough to locate the offender.
“It’s an issue in sport still, obviously. It’s terrible in that day and age that this kind of thing is still happening and if it does occur and that person is not identified much quicker, even from the people around them it’s actually disappointing.”
With Giles revealing that White has also supplied to step into personally to guarantee the group england are going inland for Thursday’s next Test in which New Zealand Cricket has guaranteed security on the ground.
He said:”I really do know David is travelling down to Hamilton as well to meet the team because they come off the bus,” he said.
“It is extremely kind of him. It is not a New Zealand Cricket difficulty, but the association between us and them is extremely strong, but it’s a nice gesture at his role. 1 person shouldn’t destroy that but it’s a pity that sort of thing remains in our society.”