WELLINGTON: After facing defeat against New Zealand on the final day of the first test match at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, England's pacer Jofra Archer revealed that he was subjected to racial abuse. Regarding the same incident, NZ's captain Kane Williamson was saddened and said that he will apologise to him.
Trying to defend his country, Williamson said that the incident was against everything that can be expected out of the people of New Zealand. He said,
"It's certainly against everything that we as Kiwis are about, and I certainly hope that nothing like that ever happens again. I can only apologise on behalf of Kiwis to Jofra, not only from our team and how we look to conduct ourselves, but what we expect of Kiwis in general. It's a horrific thing. In a country, and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural, it's something we need to put to bed quickly and hope nothing like that ever happens again. It certainly won't if there's any influence we can have on it."
At the end of the concerned match, Jofra took to Twitter and stated the incident that left him a bit disturbed. He wrote, "A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team, the crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy, @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also."
A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team , the crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy , @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) November 25, 2019
After the incident took place, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) tried to look into the matter and search the individual who threw the racist abuse at Archer. As they have zero tolerance towards such behavior, the hosts are quite concerned about this tragic incident.
The NZ team also tweeted to show their support to England's bowler. BLACKCAPS wrote, "We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse Jofra Archer received after the Test today. (England) might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay."
We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse @JofraArcher received after the Test today. @englandcricket might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
The team will also be increasing the security especially around the areas from where the players come on and off the field. Meanwhile, it was also reported that the security team might have found the spectator who was guilty of the incident and has contacted Jofra on Instagram through direct message.