Caribbean born English fast bowler Jofra Archer faced racial insults during the 1st test match between England and New Zealand at the Bay Oval. Archer took to his twitter handle to express his feelings about the incident.
A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team , the crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy , @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) November 25, 2019
Archer tweeted that it was disturbing to hear the racial insult while he was battling to save the test match for his side. England were trailing New Zealand by 262 runs in the second innings and were 7 wickets down when Archer came to the crease.
????? https://t.co/MFctWiSqBs— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 25, 2019
He alleges that someone from the crowd passed a racial comment on him which left him disturbed while batting. Archer further said that the atmosphere at the ground was otherwise fantastic and thanked the Barmy Army for turning out in numbers to support the English side.
We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse @JofraArcher received after the Test today. @englandcricket might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
Taking cognizance of the incident New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in an official statement on Monday, said it has zero tolerance towards racism and that they will be apologizing to Jofra Archer for the incident. The NZC would also be beefing up vigilance against such events for the rest of the tour.
NZC Statement – https://t.co/qMYhSZfnR1— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
The NZC would conduct an inquiry and investigation in the matter to bring out the culprit who has been spreading the racial remarks.
In regards to the performance, Archer provided resistance low down the order to the English innings with a 59 run partnership with Sam Curran for the 9th wicket apart from picking up the wicket of player of the match BJ Watling.
New Zealand, however, were determined enough to take the match by an innings and 65 runs moving 1-0 up in the two-match series.