New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is likely to adopt a zero-tolerance approach against the fan who racially abused England cricketer Jofra Archer during the first Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Meanwhile, NZC has officially apologised to the star fast bowler and promised to step up vigilance during the next Test. The Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson has also promised to apologise to Archer personally on behalf of the team.
The Barbados-born fast bowler, who was playing his first Test outside England took to Twitter soon after the game to reveal that he was at the receiving end of a racial slur. Jofra Archer claimed that he heard racial insults from one guy while he was batting to save England from losing the Test match. England eventually lost the Test match by an innings and 76 runs to go 1-0 down.
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“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 tweeted.
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
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket was quick to act and confirmed that the incident took place during the last session of the Test match. The apex body immediately tendered an apology letter to Jofra Archer and promised to increase vigilance to stop this kind of events from occurring again on the cricket field. In a bid to do so, NZC is likely to impose a life ban on the fan to racially abused Archer while he was walking back to the pavilion after a battling knock of 30.
“If we did find the person we would refer them to the police in the first instance. Secondly, my personal view is that they should never be allowed into a cricket ground in New Zealand again,” NZC Chief Executive David White said.