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Abuse of Jofra Archer a reminder that racism remains ingrained in cricket

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In September Archer was subjected to racist barracking from Australian spectators during the Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Now, after the first Test between New Zealand and England at Mount Maunganui, he revealed he was targeted by a fan “yelling bbc and bc from the scoreboard area”. The precise content of the insults remains unverified but we can be fairly certain the fan in question was not proclaiming his love of the Black Caps. More telling still was Archer’s characterisation of the abuse he received: not shocking or surprising, but merely, as he put it, “a bit disturbing”. This was, after all, hardly a new experience. He remembers early in his county career sitting with his bib on in front of the pavilion at Tunbridge Wells when an elderly spectator asked him incredulously: “How are you playing for Sussex?”


Full Article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/nov/25/abuse-jofra-archer-racism-ingrained-in-cricket?CMP=share_btn_tw

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