West Indies Captain Jason Holder said that Jofra Archer needs support after receiving racist abuse for breaching the COVID-19 protocols as cricket could not effort to go ahead without talented England fast bowler.
Archer was pulled off from England’s series leveling the win in the second Test at Old Trafford after receiving a fine & a written warning after it emerged that he had breached the bio-secure regulations governing the series by making an unauthorized trip to his home in Hove.
“For him (Archer) to have been racially abused in New Zealand last winter (a Kiwi fan was subsequently banned till 2022) and for it now to be resurfacing would traumatize any individual,” Holder wrote in his Daily Mail column published on Thursday. “More than ever, now is the time for us all to unite behind him and show as much support as we can,” said Holder about his fellow teammate Archer
“We need to eradicate racism and abuse and anything we as a West Indies team can do to help him we will do”, he added. Though England & Windies together took a knee to show their solidarity towards “Black Lives Matter” campaign, Holder said that social media needed to do more to stamp racism out. “Social media is always in our faces every time we pick up our phone and I think the people who run Instagram and Twitter, in particular, need to get a firmer grip on what goes on,” said the 28-year-old all-rounder.
“You just cannot pop up on someone’s social media and leave an abusive comment and get away with it”, Holder said. “However much you try to ignore these things, they can come back up so he needs to find a coping mechanism and it’s equally important for those around him to understand what he’s going through so they can then help him get past what he’s facing,” Holder explained.
Jofra further said that People wants World Cricket on the field & it’s not good fro the game to witness such embarrassing situations.