The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has fined and warned Jofra Archer for breaking the bio-secure protocol prior to the start of the 2nd Test. Archer visited his home in Brighton while driving from Southampton to Old Trafford. Though he made no personal contact with anyone in his house, he apparently breached the bio-secure guidelines which were in place.
Meanwhile, Archer quickly apologised as soon he realised his mistake. ECB released a press release about the same where Jofra said that he’s sorry and understands the consequences he will be facing from the ECB.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” Archer had said. “I have put, not only myself but the whole team and management in danger and 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.” said Archer in the ECB press release.
Jofra Archer fined by ECB
He was slammed by ex-cricketers for his act of carelessness. Since he not only put himself into risk but also the England and West Indies team. His act could have put the entire Test series into jeopardy. West Indies legend Michael Holding also slammed ECB’s decision on allowing its players in travelling in their own vehicles.
Meanwhile, Jofra Archer is currently into isolation for five days and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in the same period. He will be able to rejoin the squad on July 21 but only after both tests return negative.
As of today, England is underway with their 2nd Test with West Indies without Jofra Archer in the playing XI. Sam Curran took his place in the playing XI as ECB ruled him out of the squad.