England cricketer Jofra Archer has claimed that he was racially abused during the final day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Bay Oval cricket ground in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga.
Archer took to twitter and said there was one man in the crowd who hurled racial insults at him while he was batting to save the first Test.
"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," he 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
According to a report in the Guardian, Archer had also tweeted about how he was abused by the spectator before deleting the post. “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...,” read the previous tweet.
Ben Stokes reacted to the tweet from Archer by putting up angry emojis. The report also states that both New Zealand Cricket and the England and Wales Cricket Board have been asked for a comment on the issue. Archer came to bat after the fall of eighth England wicket and score 30 runs from the 50 balls he faced.
England tried to bat through the day to save the Test but New Zealand bowlers got the job done just after the tea break. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner picked up a five-wicket haul as the visitors lost the Test by an innings and 65 runs.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that the incident occurred when Archer was dismissed and walking off the field to the pavilion.
New Zealand Cricket were quick to tender an apology to Archer. "[NZC] will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui," the board said in a statement.
We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse @JofraArcher received after the Test today. @englandcricket might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay!
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
"It will contact Mr Archer tomorrow to apologise for the unacceptable experience, and to promise increased vigilance in the matter when the teams next meet in Hamilton."
Although security providers at the venue heard the racist remark but were unable to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries on Tuesday in an endeavour to identify the man responsible.
The ECB also said that it will partake in investigation.
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