England fast bowler Jofra Archer has again faced racial abuse and this time he received it on social media platform Instagram. The bowler on Tuesday condemned the act and called upon the authorities to take proper action.
The 24-year-old pacer posted a screenshot of the message he received on Instagram by a fan who is presumably an Indian (going by his username).Where Archer states he is not able to understand as to why someone would make such comments.
Archer shared a screenshot of one of the messages that he received during his recent live video. “Stupid what are your doing Blacky” and “Great Blacky” were the messages received by Archer on his Instagram DM.
“I given a lot of thought about reacting to this and I hope no one else has to deal with stuff like this on a regular basis, it isn’t ever acceptable and should be addressed properly in my opinion. I will never understand how people feel so freely to say these things to another human being it baffles me, read the Archer’s story.
This is not the first time that Archer has been exposed to racial abuse. Last year, during a Test match against New Zealand, Archer was exposed to racial slurs from the crowd.
As a result, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) handed the fan a two-year ban from attending international and domestic matches in the country.
A 28-year-old man from Auckland had admitted abusing the pacer during the first Test against England after a police investigation and was issued a verbal warning for using insulting language.
Archer, who announced his arrival in international cricket during the ICC Cricket World Cup last year, went to make his Test debut in the subsequent Ashes series at home.
Originally from Barbados, the 24-year old right-arm fast bowler is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his elbow. For the same Archer was ruled out of IPL 2020 which has been postponed to April 15.
“As a result of the injury, he has been ruled out of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka and the Indian Premier League 2020 season. He will now commence an injury rehabilitation programme with the ECB medical team with a view to be ready for the international summer campaign starting in June against West Indies in a three-match Test series,” the ECB had said in a statement last month.