ECB fine Jofra Archer for breaking protocol

England fast bowler Jofra Archer was removed from the squad just a few hours before the start of the second Test against West Indies for breaking bio tech protocol.

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Jofra Archer has caused himself a great trouble with a costly mistake. Just hours before the start of the second Test, it was known that Archer made an unauthorised visit to his home on Monday, when the players should have travelled straight from Southampton to Manchester in their individual cars.

According to the England Cricket Board (ECB), it broke the protocol and he was then subsequently left out of the playing XI. He is currently undergoing isolation for a period of five days during which he will have to go through two COVID-19 tests. If he is tested negative on both occasions, the self-isolation period will be lifted, with the quick bowler rejoining the side on July 21.

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ECB also released a statement on Saturday stating that the fast bowler was fined alongside being issued an official written warning after he accepted that he breached the side’s bio-secure guidelines by making an unsanctioned visit to his home in Hove.  The amount of the fine was undisclosed. Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket released the statement.

Earlier, Archer apologized for his mistake and also admitted that he has let the team down.

“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,” he said.

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