NZ Cricket apologises to Archer for racist abuse
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.”