England’s premier pacer Jofra Archer lashed out on Michael Holding after the Windies veteran said that it was ‘lame’ of teams like Pakistan, Australia and England to not show solidarity towards the battle against racism.
The England and West Indies had taken a knee before each game in their three-match Test series in July for supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. But after that series, England had played series against Pakistan and currently, playing against Australia. They have not taken the knee for which ECB had also given justification.
Jofra Archer responded to Michale Holding’s statement, saying that no one has forgotten about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Noting that ECB is doing continuous effort to end racism, Jofra said that Michael should do some research before criticising.
“We have not forgotten, no one here has forgotten about ‘Black Lives Matter’,” Archer said.
“I think it is a bit harsh for Michael Holding to not do some research before criticising. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what is going on behind the scenes.
Jofra Archer claims ECB is working for eliminating racism:
Jofra Archer said that he had talked with ECB chairman and claimed progress is being made ‘in the background’ for supporting the moment.
“I don’t think he has spoken to (ECB chief executive) Tom Harrison. I have spoken to Tom and we have stuff running in the background.”
Meanwhile, Jofra Archer had himself faced racial remark during the Test series against Pakistan when he violated bio-secure bubble. He had also opened up about his mental state after facing a racist remark on social media while he was under self-isolation.
Currently, he is playing in the ODI series against Australia where both the team has won the one-one match so far. The decider match of the series will be played on Wednesday.