England pacer Jofra Archer has been fined for breaching the bio-secure protocol ahead of the second test at Old Trafford on Saturday. Earlier, Archer was ruled out of the second Test after he broke the protocols by making an unauthorized trip to his residence in East Sussex which was later found to be against the ECB’s framework.
Archer was excluded from the England squad after he returned back. However, he has now tested negative of the virus twice, which means he is now eligible to join back the team.
After Archer was fined for breaching the protocols, ECB released a statement on Friday stating:
“Following a disciplinary hearing held on Friday evening, 17 July, England cricketer Jofra Archer has been fined an undisclosed amount and received an official written warning after admitting to breaching the team’s bio-secure protocols on Monday 13 July when he made an unauthorised visit to his home in Hove.
“Archer was withdrawn from England’s second Test squad against West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford and is commencing five days of isolation at the venue.”
Archer played in the first test at the Ageas Bowl where he took three wickets in the second innings, removing Shamarh Brooks for a duck while taking the other two wickets of the opener Braithwaite and Blackwood.
The 25-year-old pacer dully apologized for his actions that led to breaching the protocol and also admitted of how fatal it could have been for the others due to his misdemeanour.
“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 while apologizing.
ECB absolved him from his actions and he may be eligible to join the team in the third test match starting from July 24-28.