An unfortunate incident involving racially charged taunts marred proceedings on the final day of the first Test between New Zealand and England. Right-arm paceman Jofra Archer was subjected to ‘racial insults’ whilst he was batting in the middle trying to salvage a draw for England.
Though his battling efforts fell short as England slumped to an innings defeat, Archer also had to face racial abuse from an unidentified member of the crowd. He made his sentiments public following the occurrence and tweeted his thoughts on the jarring event.
Thereafter, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) instantly released a statement promising to personally apologize to Archer and hold the culprit responsible for his ignominious actions.
"New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui," the NZC statement read.
"Although security providers at the venue were unable to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries tomorrow in an endeavour to identify the man responsible,” the statement added.