Racists are out of tune with changing world, says England's cricket star Jofra Archer

"Look at the England cricket team — there's huge diversity. It's the same with any football club in the world. I think people have to accept it. Times have changed, it's not 2007 anymore," Archer said.

Agence France-Presse, Nov 11, 2019 18:49:00 IST

London: England's fast-bowling sensation Jofra Archer says cricket fans who resort to racist abuse should realise that times have moved on and the world is a much more multicultural place.

The 24-year-old Barbados-born bowler has quickly become a favourite with the England fans since he became eligible to play for his adopted country earlier this year.

Racists are out of tune with changing world, says Englands cricket star Jofra Archer

File image of Jofra Archer. Reuters

The Sussex star benefited from England and Wales Cricket Board reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three so he did not have to wait till 2022.

He quickly showed his worth by bowling the decisive Super Over in the thrilling World Cup final win over New Zealand.

He then marked his Test debut by flooring Australia's star batsman Steve Smith in the second Ashes Test at Lord's which saw him miss the following match at Headingley with a concussion, and in his absence, England went on to level the series.

It was in the fourth Test at Old Trafford — which Australia won to ensure they retained the Ashes — that Archer was barracked by a couple of fans.

"I was aware what the guys were saying — something about my passport — but I blanked them," he told The Daily Mail in an interview conducted in New Zealand where England are touring.

"It was only later that Rooty (Joe Root the England captain) said the guys got ejected.

"It was the first time I'd seen someone get ejected from a ground, because there were some abusive fans when we played Pakistan at Trent Bridge (heckling Ben Stokes).

More multicultural

Archer, who says an elderly spectator at a county game with Kent had once queried how was he playing for Sussex, said racist incidents occurred far less in cricket than football.

"The world's changing," he said.

"It's becoming more multicultural. A lot of people have accepted it for what it is.

"Look at the England cricket team — there's huge diversity.

"It's the same with any football club in the world.

"I think people have to accept it. Times have changed, it's not 2007 anymore."

Archer says he sees himself as a role model to young British West Indians who have aspirations to play cricket for England.

"Yeah, to let them know it's possible," said Archer.

"It doesn't really matter where you're born.

"If you know that cricket's what you want to do, you never know where you'll end up.

"I didn't know my dreams would come true and I'd end up playing cricket for England.

"If it happens for me, it can happen for anyone."

Archer says being the man who bowled the decisive Super Over in the World Cup did not alter his profile.

"Not many England fans knew who I was anyway, so if they saw me in the street they probably thought I was a footballer or something," he said.

"I guess that was the beauty of it, being able to go under the radar."

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Updated Date: Nov 11, 2019 18:49:00 IST






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