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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Jofra Archer fined for breaching bio-secure protocols: ENG vs WI

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has taken a strict against the England fast bowler Jofra Archer for breaching the team's bio-secure protocols. The Board has been fined Jofra Archer & received an official written warning after admitting to breaching the team'a bio-secure protocols.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer

The 3 Test match Test series was set to play at the Ageas bowl in Southampton and Old Trafford in Manchester. The Test series between England & West Indies will be played in a strict isolated environment. There will be repeated COVID-19 testing & social distancing will be maintained. For the safety of players & society, the matches will be played at closed doors at the more 'bio secure' Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford. The ground & the surroundings is fully sanitized for the safety of the players. 

But on Monday, the England seamer Jofra Archer violated the 'bio-secure protocols' by giving a visit to his home in Hove ahead of the match. As soon as the Board finding Archer guilty, they have excluded Archer from the second Test & set to undergo a 5 day isolation. He was also fined an undisclosed amount by the ECB.

"Following a disciplinary hearing held on Friday evening, July 17, 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 unauthorized visit to his home in Hove," ECB's official statement said.

Jofra Archer will undergo two COVID-19 tests in the period of 5 days in isolation. He have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. He is due to rejoin the rest of the squad on Tuesday 21 July. 

The hearing was chaired by Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men's Cricket and included Archer's agent and a representative from the Professional Cricketer's Association.

On Monday Archer have admitted that he have breached bio-secure protocols & asked sorry for what he have done. "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. 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," Jofra Archer said."

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