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Jofra Archer controversy: ECB and NZC to launch investigation

Jofra Archer controversy: ECB and NZC to launch investigation
Jofra Archer controversy: ECB and NZC to launch investigation

Jofra Archer’s claims of racial insults to him took a serious turn now. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to launch an investigation to go find out everything in detail.

What’s the story?

Archer battled hard for a score of 30 on the final afternoon in the Test against New Zealand. His partnership with Sam Curran was commendable though they couldn’t save the team. While walking off the field after being dismissed the 24-year-old allegedly was abused by a member of the crowd. Post the match he took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”

The boards suggest

The issue was taken seriously by both the ECB and NZC. They confirmed that an investigation would be taken place to identify the person responsible for the remarks. “The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) supported by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) are conducting an investigation into racial abused aimed towards England cricketer Jofra Archer during day five of the first Test match in Mount Maunganui,” an ECB statement read.

The statement also explained that both the boards will look after the matter and said, “NZC and ECB ensure that clear guidelines are in place at every venue so that watching a cricket match is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whilst this is a relatively isolated incident there is absolutely no place for anti-social or racist behaviour within the game and it is vitally important that all spectators feel able to come forward and report such behaviour and feel safe in doing so.”

New Zealand Cricket also released a statement on Monday evening saying that the board would ask for an apology from the fast bowler. “New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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