English cricket icon Jofra Archer has revealed an recent instance when he was racially abused. The bowling all rounder, who was left out of the second Test against West Indies due to breaching COVID-19 protocols, suffered racism online following his five day ban away from the series.
In the wake of the George Floyd incident in May, there have been several Black Lives Matter and anti racism protests taking place all over the world. Many sportspersons are opening up about facing discrimination during their careers in the past. However, the racial abuse Jofra Archer suffered were on social media very recently.
“Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided enough is enough,” Archer wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
Wilfred Zaha was also recently a victim of racial abuse by a young Aston Villa supporter on Instagram, and the cricketer had decided that it was time to take a stand against it.
“Since Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace footballer, was abused by a 12-year-old online I drew a line and I will not allow anything to pass, so I have forwarded on my complaints to the ECB and that will go through the correct process,” the 25 year old added.
Following the first Test against Windies in Southampton, Archer decided to head for his home in Brighton rather than going to Old Trafford directly, which was the team’s biosecurity protocol. As a result, the player was banned from the second Test, and spent five days in isolation in his hotel room in Manchester.
“Yes, I made a mistake in not driving to Old Trafford directly from Southampton between matches. But people make mistakes” Archer continued, “I accept I put the other guys at risk. I did not follow the advice and therefore apologised to my team-mates, to the West Indies team and to everyone involved in the series.”
“I know what I did was an error of judgement and I have suffered the consequences of that. I haven’t committed a crime and I want to start feeling myself again,” he concluded.
Archer picked three wickets in the second innings of the first Test, and also scored 23 runs.
Now levelled 1-1, England will face West Indies in the third and final Test of the series on 24th July at the Old Trafford.