Manchester, July 16
England dropped quick bowler Jofra Archer for the second Test towards West Indies following a breach of the
group’s bio-secure protocols, asserting the choice hours earlier than the beginning of the match at Old Trafford on Thursday. “Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to Test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) mentioned in an announcement.
The ECB didn’t specify the character of the breach within the assertion however media experiences mentioned Archer exited the bio-secure bubble to go to his flat in Brighton between the sequence opener in Southampton and the second match in Manchester. “I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” mentioned Archer, who was a part of the group that misplaced the sequence opener. “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. It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry.”
Captain Joe Root was not eager to deliberate on Archer’s shock late exclusion. “Enough’s been said (on the Archer situation),” Root mentioned on the toss.
Holding rips into Archer
West Indies nice Michael Holding didn’t maintain himself again as he slammed Archer. Citing the instance of Nelson Mandela, Holding ripped into Archer, stating sacrifices needs to be made for the bigger good. “I have no sympathy at all. I don’t understand why people can’t just do what is required. Talking about sacrifices — Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a little cell and he did nothing wrong. That is a sacrifice,” Holding mentioned.
“I just want to ask a few questions of the ECB and these protocols, though,” Holding added. “Why aren’t the England team travelling on a bus? If they have already passed the Covid test and everyone is together, they have six matches and are moving from one venue to another, why aren’t they just all on a bus? Why are they allowed to travel by car? People need to just think a bit.” — Agencies