England’s Jofra Archer was excluded from the current second test match against West Indies for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
The Sussex paceman now faces the threat of being suspended for the final test at Old Trafford next week.
Disobeying England Protocol
Archer is facing a disciplinary hearing with the England management after going to his house in Brighton. He should have driven directly from Southampton- venue of first test- to Manchester for the second test.
Team Director Ashley Giles said he put at risk the “entire summer” for going home. Archer then met a third party at home who has since tested negative for coronavirus.
No Archer for Second Test
He misses the current match for medical protocol reasons and has publicly apologised for his actions.
Archer was placed in isolation in his hotel room at Emirates Old Trafford for five days. He will have to pass two covid tests before he is allowed to rejoin the squad.
England’s big worry that was Archer could have become infected with coronavirus. If this had of happened, it would of put in doubt the rest of the international summer fixtures.
It would also off resulted in England incurring £380 million losses if they failed to fulfil their fixtures.
It emerged last night that friends of Archer said that he returned home to see h
This one incident could have a massive influence on not just cricket but other sports which have been allowed to recommence.
All players were given guidance on what they had to do if they had to stop on the way.
Was it right or wrong from the quick bowler?
Before we all start asking for Archer to get hung drawn and quartered for his actions, look at the facts.
He may have had to have gone home for a perfectly good reason which will come out soon. However, this may not be the case and really, he should still have told the management where he was going.
Archer has immense talent for a young player that can not be denied. He will learn from this mistake that I am sure.
To lose him for such a crucial test is a massive handicap for England. But everybody has to abide by rules and regulations in this current world that we live in.
He has let not only England down but his county Sussex as well. His actions could have proved very damaging to not just himself but the sport of cricket as well.
He needs to understand the risk that he brought upon the whole series. It was an action of selfishness. Our game cannot survive a series that could have been discarded.
He is a special talent with gifts no other English bowler has to offer. England need him taking the new ball later this summer and when the Ashes comes around.