Jofra Archer fined and warned for unauthorised home visit

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Hours before the start of the second Test in Manchester on Thursday July 16, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had dropped Jofra Archer for breaching the bio-security protocols.

Now, a disciplinary hearing held on Friday evening July 17 has fined Archer and given him a written warning after the pacer admitted visiting his home unauthorised, breaching the team’s bio-security protocol.

The hearing was chaired by Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket and included Archer’s agent and a representative from the Professional Cricketers’ Association.

Jofra Archer had made an unauthorised visit to his home in Hove on Monday July 13. The breach “could have been a disaster” which could have cost English cricket “tens of millions of pounds” according to Ashley Giles, Managing Director of England Men’s cricket.

Cleared to play in the third Test

Archer is currently in self-isolation and would be allowed to re-join the English squad only after two negative COVID-19 tests. The pacer, who was the pick of the English bowlers in the second innings of the first Test, is due to join the squad on July 21.

Thus, if the pacer returns two negative COVID-19 he could likely feature in the Third Test beginning July 24.       

The Barbadian-born English cricketer had apologised for putting himself, his team and management in danger after being excluded from the second Test.

“I am extremely sorry for what I have done. I have put, not only myself, but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble,” Archer said.

“It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry.”

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