NZ Cricket apol­o­gises to Archer for racist abuse

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of New Zealand Cricket has apol­o­gized in per­son to Eng­land fast bowler Jofra Archer for the racist abuse he re­ceived from a spectator Mon­day on the fi­nal day of the first cricket test at Mount Maun­ganui.

David White vis­ited the 24year-old Archer to of­fer an apol­ogy and an as­sur­ance that height­ened se­cu­rity will be in place for the se­cond test which be­gins at Hamil­ton on Fri­day.

“I just had a good chat to him (and) said that we were very sorry that he had to ex­pe­ri­ence that in our coun­try,” White told Tele­vi­sion New Zealand.

“We’re very dis­ap­pointed but he was very thank­ful that I’d made the ef­fort to come and see him. It was very dis­ap­point­ing what hap­pened yes­ter­day. It com­mon cour­tesy to go and apol­o­gize to him.”

Cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson will seek out Arthur be­fore the test be­gins to of­fer the apolo­gies of the New Zealand team. “It’s a hor­rific thing,” Wil­liamson said. “In a coun­try and a set­ting where it is very much mul­ti­cul­tural 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.”

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