England star Jofra Archer said that he was subjected to racial insults from a spectator during New Zealand defeating England in Tauranga.
Archer smashed 30 off 50 balls in England’s 2nd innings but was unable to prevent his side from slipping to a heavy defeat in the first Test against New Zealand.
The England fast bowler has claimed he was racially abused by a fan during his innings on 5th day of the match.
‘A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today affected battling to help save his team,’ England star Jofra Archer tweeted on Monday morning. ‘The crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy.
On the racial abuse aimed at Archer, New Zealand Cricket said in a statement: ‘New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to England star Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
England were bowled out with 21.4 overs remaining as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead into the 2nd Test of the two-match series.
Security providers at the venue were unable to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries tomorrow in an endeavour to identify the man responsible.
NZC has NO tolerance Policy towards abusive or offensive language at any of its venues and will refer any developments in the case to police.
They will contact Sir J Archer to apologize for the unacceptable Incident , and promise increased vigilance in the matter during next meet in Hamilton.’
The ECB, meanwhile clarified that NZC & ECB will ensure that clear guidelines are in place at every venue so that watching a cricket match is safe and enjoyable for everyone.
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