England Pacer Jofra Archer dropped from 2nd Test against West Indies
New Delhi : England pacer Jofra Archer has been dropped from the England squad that will be playing against the West Indies. He is alleged of breaching the team’s biosecurity protocols. The second Test match will begin from Thursday in Manchester’s Old Trafford.
England had announced a 13-man squad for the second Test on Wednesday that included Archer.
However, ECB on Thursday released a statement notifying that the right-arm pacer has been “excluded” and been asked to go into self-isolation for a period of five days.
During that period, he will twice be tested for COVID-19 and if both times the result is negative, then only he will be allowed to rejoin his England teammates.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” Archer said on Thursday. “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,” he added.
ECB also mentioned that the development has been shared with the visiting side and they are okay with the action taken against him.
“The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed,” ECB said in a statement.
West Indies is currently leading the 2-match Test series by 1-0.