England team’s managing director Ashley Giles has opined that Jofra Archer’s negligence of the bio-secure environment protocol could have caused a disaster. The pacer was dropped ahead of the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford after being found guilty of breaching safety laws amid the coronavirus.
During his journey between the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, Jofra Archer had visited his home for an hour while breaking the safety bubble. According to ESPNCricinfo, he had contact one other person at his home in Brighton. Though it was a short trip to home, it would have cost ECB tens of millions of pounds, as per Giles.
“This could have been disaster. The ripple effect from this small act could have cost us tens of millions of pounds, ” Giles said.
“The potential knock on effect I don’t think Jofra could have understood. We made it clear what we expected but maybe he did not quite understand,” he added.
Currently, the pacer is under self-isolation in the hotel at Old Trafford for five days. He will be tested two times during that period before joining the team in the last Test match.
Jofra Archer will have to face disciplinary action:
Barbados-born cricketer would have had to face the consequences of his action. He will have to face disciplinary action for his substantial mistake.
“There has to be consequence to every action and there will be a process we go through. There will be a disciplinary process. That is as much as I want to say on that as it is an employment matter.”
As Jofra Archer had apologized for his wrong action, Giles said that the 25-year-old fast bowler is disappointed for his action but he is young and would learn from his mistakes
“Jofra has demonstrated how sorry he is but it is clearly very disappointing for the whole group,” Giles said. “But he is a young man and young men make mistakes. He has to learn from it.”
Meanwhile, England has an upper hand against West Indies at Old Trafford. The first day of the second Test match ended with the host scoring 207 runs at the loss of three wickets while Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes were batting.