Archer overcame cousin’s death and took England to World Cup glory
England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s cousin Ashantio Blackman was shot dead inside his home in St Philip the day after England’s World Cup campaign started.
A Barbados born-cricketer named Jofra Archer is ruling the cricket world at the moment. It was very uncertain that he will make it to the World Cup squad, but an amazing show against Pakistan in the five-match ODI series before the World Cup changed the fortunes of the World Cup.
England included Archer at the last moment and he ended up as England’s leading wicket-taker with 20 wickets in 11 innings including the heroic over in the super over.
However, making it to the World Cup squad was not only Archer’s achievement. He also had to overcome a big shock during the World Cup.
Jofra’s cousin Ashantio Blackman, 24, was shot dead outside his home in St Philip the day after England’s World Cup campaign started with a win over South Africa in May.
Archer’s father Frank told the Times newspaper:
“(His cousin) is the same age as Jofra and they were really close, he even messaged him in the days before he died. Jofra was really affected by his death but had to carry on.”
He also revealed that Archer qualified for a British passport and only became eligible to play for England in March.
“People have been questioning his Britishness, but him playing for England has shown he will inspire everyone to play cricket, because it’s usually seen as an elitist sport,” he concluded.