Last Update on: July 18th, 2020 at 11:22 am
England superstar Ben Stokes has become the first England player to comment on Jofra Archer’s recent moment of madness. The England star breached the team’s bio-secure protocol by returning to his home on Monday after the First Test against West Indies.
As per the protocols, the players and staff are supposed to only stop at the designated stations during their travels. While all other members of the team followed the rules, Jofra Archer did not. He reportedly went to his home in Sussex where he is said to have met his girlfriend.
Just few hours before the start of the ongoing second Test in Manchester, the ECB confirmed that the allrounder has been dropped from the team for the game. The Barbados-born allrounder is now facing an ECB disciplinary enquiry after breaking the Covid-19 protocols.
Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer:
Unsurprisingly, Archer is facing the heat from several quarters for his action. Recently, ECB’s Director of Cricket Ashley Giles said Archer’s breach of the bio-secure protocols could have been a “disaster” for England’s summer. He said that the allrounder’s action could have cost the board tens of millions of pounds.
But while Archer is facing the heat from all around, Ben Stokes has made it clear that the pacer has the support of his teammates. The allrounder, who has scored a stunning ton in the ongoing game, said the England team will look after Archer who is amid a five-day isolation period in England’s team hotel.
“We really need to be there to support Jofra right now,” said Ben Stokes, after scoring 176 as England ended the second day’s play leading by 437.
“Obviously he’s a big talking point and he is by himself because of everything else going on at the moment. It’s making sure that it doesn’t feel like he’s by himself. The worst thing we could do right now as a team is just leave him and see him in five or six days’ time.
“It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most,” he added.