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Racists need to ride waves of change, embrace fresh outlook - Archer
Archer asks for no discrimination

Racists need to ride waves of change, embrace fresh outlook - Archer

The superstar in England bowling attack, Jofra Archer, has come of age in his short career. He was vital to England's overwhelming success in the ICC World Cup 2019 victory and in the Ashes this year. 

The aberration in England's bowling arsenal wants the world to match his pace in leaving the old ways behind.

Barbados-born Archer asks fans to move on from racist slurs and broaden their horizons while claiming that the world is becoming increasingly pluralistic and it's time to give up futile dogma.

The world of cricket would have waited for another three years had England and Wales Cricket Board didn't bring down the eligibility duration from seven to three years for qualifying to play for England.

In the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, some fans jeered Archer, hit below the belt by making some inappropriate remarks on his passport but it didn't perturb the strike bowler.

"I was aware what the guys were saying - something about my passport - but I blanked them," he told The Daily Mail.

"It was only later that Rooty (Joe Root the England captain) said the guys got ejected.

"It was the first time I'd seen someone get ejected from a ground, because there were some abusive fans when we played Pakistan at Trent Bridge (heckling Ben Stokes).

Archer quoted an incident during a match with Kent where a senior citizen in the stands asked him about how he managed to play for Sussex and mentioned that racist incidents have declined dramatically.

"The world's changing," he said.

"It's becoming more multicultural. A lot of people have accepted it for what it is.

"Look at the England cricket team - there's huge diversity. It's the same with any football club in the world. I think people have to accept it. Times have changed, it's not 2007 any more."

The sanguine pacer wants to be seen as an inspiring role model to budding West Indians who want to pursue cricket as a profession. He hopes they won't get deterred and bog down by any deviance behaviour.

"Yeah, to let them know it's possible," remarked Archer.

"It doesn't really matter where you're born. If you know that cricket's what you want to do, you never know where you'll end up.

"I didn't know my dreams would come true and I'd end up playing cricket for England. If it happens for me, it can happen for anyone."

Humbled Archer remarked he hasn't changed since darting the crucial Super Over in the ICC World Cup and it didn't change his world view.

"Not many England fans knew who I was anyway, so if they saw me in the street they probably thought I was a footballer, or something," he said.

"I guess that was the beauty of it, being able to go under the radar."

Jofra speared the memorable Super Over in the nail-biting World Cup final victory against New Zealand that will remain etched in the cricketing folk tale and will remain carved in the history books as one of the most riveting finishes, yet controversial.