England speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies for breaking “bio-secure protocols” which has made to stop the spreading of coronavirus infections. However, he was sent into five days of isolation on Thursday. The England and Wales Cricket Board shared the news.
Notably, both teams have been staying in a secure “bubble” sites at the Ageas Bowl, the venue where the first Test took place and Emirates Old Trafford where the final two games of the series will be played, owing to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
However, The pace bowler apologised for putting his team in “danger”, although what he has done was not yet known. His exclusion from the squad was announced just three hours before the second Test in Manchester.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” Archer, who played in last week’s first Test, said in an ECB statement. “I have put, not only myself, but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.”
“The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed,” the ECB statement.
An ECB spokesman. although could not confirm if Jofra Archer would face further disciplinary action alongside this. But the breach didn’t go well with the officials at Lord’s as they have put in strenuous efforts to host both the West Indies and Pakistan tour in England successfully despite more than 44,000 deaths in Britain amid the pandemic.
While England have not called up any replacement of Jofra Archer into their second Test squad, he came in the limelight on the international circuit last year when his stunning bowling in the Super Over in the team’s World Cup final helped England win over New Zealand at Lord’s.
His absence will certainly pose a problem for England in the pace department. Although the West Indies won the first Test by four wickets, Jofra Archer took 3 wickets for 45 in the second innings at Southampton.