Jofra Archer: No time or place for it – England bowler on racism
England bowler Jofra Archer has condemned the abuse that he received through the first Test against New Zealand from a fan.
Archer, 24, claims that he heard remarks from”one guy” at the Bay Oval in his side’s defeat by an innings and 65 runs.
“I discovered the episode a true pity,” Archer wrote at the Daily Mail.
“If somebody would like to shout at me and tell me I am bowling poorly – that’s fine. To hear racism, though, that is another matter.”
He continued:”There is no time or place to it in any walk of life, let alone cricket. It’s just not known”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it is investigating the incident, that happened while Archer walked off the area following his dismissal in the second innings in Mount Maunganui.
Included in this analysis, England disclosed the Sussex paceman had received a direct message via social networking.
“It is emotional, it hurts and we completely support Jofra,” said England’s manager of men’s cricket Ashley Giles. “He’s a young man making his way from the game and we don’t need that type of distraction.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson afterwards said he’d apologise in person for its abuse to Archer.
“It’s against everything we as Kiwis have been around,” Williamson told stuff.co.nz. “I certainly hope nothing like this ever happens .
“it is a horrific thing. In a nation and a setting in which it is very much multi-cultural, it is something we will have to set to bed fast.”
The second Test begins in Hamilton at Seddon Park on Thursday (22:00 GMT).