The first Test between New Zealand and England was marred by a racist slur directed towards Jofra Archer. New Zealand had inflicted an innings defeat on the visitors to take the lead in the two-match series. Riding on a stunning double century from BJ Watling and a century from Mitchell Santner, the hosts had thrashed England by an innings and 65 runs.
After the game ended, Jofra Archer had revealed he was racially abused by a spectator while the match was on. The 24-year old took to Twitter to reveal the incident and admitted it was “disturbing hearing racial insults”, writing:
“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.”
In a previous tweet which was deleted, Archer revealed the nature of the abuse, writing: “Can the guy that was yelling bbc and bc from the scoreboard area today come forward and tell me what those words mean please? Because I don’t…”
New Zealand Cricket find out abuser:
After a lengthy investigation that lasted for nearly two months, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has identified the culprit and did not take long to take action. The cricket board has slapped the man with a two-year ban from attending any international and domestic games. The complaint of the incident was laid with Tauranga police.
As a result of their inquiries, police have spoken to a 28-year-old Auckland man who has admitted responsibility for the abuse. He was issued with a verbal warning for using insulting language. NZC, on the other hand, contacted the man and wrote to him, advising of his ban from fixtures in New Zealand until 2022. NZC spokesman Anthony Crummy added that if the man breached the conditions of his ban and attended a fixture he would be removed from the venue and become subject to police action.
“We’d again like to extend our apologies to Jofra and the England team management for such an unsavoury incident and reiterate once more that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable,” the statement from NZC read.
“We want to thank the NZ Police for their efforts in identifying the person responsible, and for making it clear that this type of behaviour will not be minimised,” it added.