England pacer Archer out of 2nd Test in opposition to Windies for breaking Covid-19 protocol


Manchester, July 16

England pacer Jofra Archer was on Thursday dropped from the second Test in opposition to the West Indies for breaking the group’s bio-secure protocol and can now bear two COVID-19 assessments throughout a five-day isolation interval.

Archer apologised for the lapse, which wasn’t specified within the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) assertion however ‘BBC Test Match Special’ stated that the speedster had visited his dwelling in Brighton after the primary Test.

The sequence is being performed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the primary Test in Southampton handed off with none incident.

“Jofra Archer has been excluded from the #raisethebat second Test against the West Indies starting today (Thursday 16 July) at Emirates Old Trafford following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols,” ECB stated in a press release.

“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,” it additional acknowledged.

The flamboyant bowler provided an apology and acknowledged the enormity of his indiscretion at a delicate time.

“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” he acknowledged.

“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,” he added.

The BBC TMS twitter deal with posted: “Confirmation from ECB that Jofra Archer went home to Brighton between  matches on Monday which breached the bio-secure environment.”         

Archer conceded that he let down the England group which wanted him desperately as it’s 0-1 down within the sequence.

“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,” he stated.

The ECB, in its assertion, stated the West Indies group is conscious of the most recent developments and is glad with the steps taken.

“The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed,” it acknowledged.

The 25-year-old Barbados-born pacer has to date performed 8 Tests, 14 ODIs and a T20 International for England. He has taken a complete of 58 worldwide wickets in his quick profession to date.

The three-Test sequence has marked the resumption of worldwide cricket albeit in a bio-bubble with strict protocols in place.

Before the sequence began, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons had moved out of the bubble to attend his father-in-law’s funeral which was then questioned by some members within the cricket board, who demanded his sacking even if he took due permission for it.

However Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt stood firmly behind the pinnacle coach. PTI



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