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New Zealand beefs up security after racial abuse incident

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has increased security in Hamilton for the second Test against England following the deplorable racial abuse incident in Mount Maunganui where speedster Jofra Archer was targeted by a spectator.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson termed the incident in the series opener as "horrific". Meanwhile, NZC stated the perpetrator would be reported to the police and won't be allowed to enter any cricket stadium premises if he gets spotted via the venue's CCTV video.

"We're incredibly disappointed, it's just not acceptable and we won't tolerate it," NZC chief executive David White told Newstalk ZB radio.

Archer shared his disappointment at the conclusion of the first Test and said it was "a bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team". The regrettable incident happened while he was heading back to the dressing room after getting out.

The focus moved from the first Test match played at Bay Oval to the spectator whose irresponsible conduct put cricket on the back burner. The hosts won the first Test comprehensively by an innings and 65 runs.

'[Incident] against everything that we as Kiwis are about' - Kane

Kane has been a phenomenal role model in keeping the 'gentleman's game' ethos alive as he always upholds the tenets of sportsmanship, ethics and has been very vocal in expressing his disapproval of derogatory language and below the belt stuff. 

Kane reminded that this kind of behaviour isn't the true representation of the social fabric of society and put it as "against everything that we as Kiwis are about".

"It's a horrific thing. In a country and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural," he told stuff.co.nz.

"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."

'No place for anti-social or racist behaviour' - Gary Stead

David said that NZC is committed to making sure such incidents do not occur again and he asked fans to 'self-police' if they notice inappropriate conduct. 

"We'll be increasing security around the areas where the players are, in particular when they're coming on and off the field, but it's quite difficult when players are on the boundary," David said.

"I'd like to think there's a bit of self-policing going on as well, we shouldn't be accepting this kind of behaviour in our society."

NZC intends to apologise to Archer today and New Zealand coach Gary Stead hinted that some players from the host team will contact England's premier paceman. 

The response from the cricket fraternity has been prompt and adequate in this case which is laudable, considering the fact that often the seriousness lacks in the aftermath of such events in cricket. 

Gary mentioned many players in the Black Caps weren't aware of the event until the match ended and upon knowing the incident, players wanted the delinquent caught.

"Hopefully, it was just one idiot in the crowd and they deal with it," he told Radio New Zealand.

The NZC alongside England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are working in conjunction in the investigation of the case.

"Whilst this is a relatively isolated incident there is absolutely no place for anti-social or racist behaviour within the game."

"And it is vitally important that all spectators feel able to come forward to report such behaviour and feel safe in doing so."