England pace sensation Jofra Archer has remained a constant victim of racial abuse ever since he burst out to the international scene. Jofra Archer has been a revelation for England across formats and played an instrumental role in their first World Cup win. While Archer has had his share of mistakes too, he condemns racism at all costs.
One of the most recent ones came less approximately two weeks ago when he broke the protocols of a bio-secure bubble during the Test series against the West Indies. He faced an axe ahead of the second Test; however, out of nowhere and context, Jofra Archer was subject to racial abuse. Last year too, during the tour of New Zealand, the Barbadian copped a racial insult from one of the spectators while fielding.
While he admits his mistake for breaching the rules, Jofra Archer stated that he received plenty of backlashes that included racial slurs on his comments, which he deems as unacceptable. He declared unequivocally that there should not be room for racism in any field or walk in life.
“A lot was made of my comments about social media after the last Test and it goes without saying that I stand by my point about the unacceptable nature of racial abuse. There’s never any place for it in any walk of life,” Jofra Archer wrote in a column of Daily Mail.
He added that he could accept any criticism aimed at his performances, but have to make sure it does not bother him as it should. At the same time, Archer said people would speak on social media and sometimes there’s not much one can do about that.
“But I also accept that, in terms of some of the other criticism that was aimed at me — about my cricket, say — I have to make sure I don’t let it bother me as much as I have done.Sometimes, you’ve just got to get on with it. People will say what they want to say on social media, and there’s not a lot you can do about it,” he articulated.
He’s a really good guy and he made my transition into the team a lot easier: Jofra Archer
The 25-year-old recalled one of Moeen Ali’s columns, which extended his support for Archer for copping racial abuse. Archer hailed the spin-bowling all-rounder for his integration into the team on his first steps to international cricket.
“It was nice to hear about a column Moeen Ali had written, in which he expressed his support for me over some of the treatment I’d received. He’s a really good guy and he made my transition into the team a lot easier when I first played international cricket last year,” the 25-year old mentioned.
Archer claimed that Moeen Ali’s mere presence in the dressing room worked the right way for him and is pleased to see Ali serving as vice-captain for the ODIs against Ireland. As for Jofra Archer, he will partake in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan, commencing on the 5th of August.
“It wasn’t anything he said in the dressing room that eased my way in. It was just his presence, which was very comforting. He’s that kind of a person and I’m pleased to see England have made him vice-captain for the one-day series against Ireland,” the Barbadian added further.