Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Jofra Archer ruled out of the second Test after breaking bio-secure protocols

International cricket is back after four months, and England cricket board has worked hard to create a secure bio bubble for the players to stay in and safe.

Bio-secure protocols are pretty simple: everyone in it is not allowed to leave outside, and if someone has to come inside the bubble, they will have to test negative for COVID 19 twice during the 5 day isolation period, which they are going to be put in.

The English pacer has been an essential part of the team, and the exact details of his protocol breach have not yet been revealed, but Jofra Archer took full responsibility and apologized for the trouble he caused.

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It is going to seriously affect the team balance of England cricket team as the series already poised with England already using the first match of the three-match series.

“England’s Jofra Archer has been excluded from the #raisethebat second Test against the West Indies starting today (Thursday 16 July) at Emirates Old Trafford following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols. Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed,” England and Wales Cricket Board have said in a statement on their website.

“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 apologize to everyone in the bio-secure bubble, 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.” Archer said in his statement.

We could never have imagined this kind of situation six months ago. It looks like these different kinds of cases are going to keep rising now, and we can only wait and see what else changes this pandemic is going to bring to the game.

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