New Zealand captain Kane Williamson strongly condemned the racist abuse faced by England’s Jofra Archer during the first Test between the sides at Mount Maunganui, offering the bowler an apology on behalf of his countrymen.
“It is against everything that we as Kiwis are about, and I certainly hope that nothing like that ever happens again. I can only apologize on behalf of Kiwis to Jofra, not only from our team and how we look to conduct ourselves, but what we expect of Kiwis in general,” Kane Williamson said.
Archer, whose battling 30 in England’s second innings delayed the hosts’ victory, came in for abuse reportedly while walking back to the pavilion after his knock on the final day. The England and Wales Cricket Board said the bowler raised the issue with stadium security. However, the miscreant could not be immediately identified. Archer took to Twitter after the conclusion of the game to share his disappointment at what happened, even as New Zealand Cricket tendered their apology to him and promised to try and identify the spectator.
The Kiwi skipper said his team, with a win in their sights, had not noticed what was going on in the stands, but he was “100 per cent” shocked at the incident.
Calling for collective action to prevent such occurrences, he added, “It’s a horrific thing. In a country, and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural, 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.”
New Zealand Cricket have promised more vigilance during the second Test in Hamilton, which starts on 29 November.