Jofra Archer has been permitted to play in the Third Test against West Indies after being dropped ahead of the second Test because of breaching the bio-secure environment. The managing director of England’s men team, Ashley Giles chaired the disciplinary hearing against Archer. The final decision was taken to charge him with a fine apart from written warning.
Jofra Archer had violated the bio-secure bubble during his travel from the Ageas Bowl to Old Trafford. He had visited his house for one hour in between the journey and had contacted one person. When England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was informed about Archer’s blunder, he was dropped hours before the start of the second Test match.
Earlier, Ashley Giles had said that Jofra Archer’s irresponsible behaviour might have caused a disaster. ECB could have faced tens of millions of pounds because of the pacer’s mistake, as per Giles.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, he was fined around £15,000, the value of his match fee for the second Test
Jofra Archer awaits for his second COVID-19 test:
Currently, Archer has self-isolated himself at Old Trafford’s hotel. He has been tested one time and reports turned out to be negative. On Monday, second COVID-19 test will be conducted and if it also comes out negative, he will join the England team for the last Test match.
Well, the World Cup winner was not given harsh punishment though his mistake would have heavily costed the board. His previous good record’s kept him out of any strict action.
ECB has created a bio-secure bubble which means the player and staff members will not meet any outsider until the end of the tour. This safety protocol was implemented to prevent the spread of the infectious virus.
Meanwhile, West Indies are leading in the series as they have won the first Test match. But they seem to struggle in the second Test after England had scored 469 runs in their first innings. Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes ground the visitors with their centuries on the second day. As of now, Rain has halted the game on the third day as West Indies have lost their one wicket for 32 runs.