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New Zealand Cricket will apologise to Jofra Archer

New Zealand Cricket have a released a statement saying they will apologise to England fast-bowler Jofra Archer after he claims he was racially abused.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place as Archer was dismissed during the final day of the first test against New Zealand.

Archer made a social media post earlier today claiming he was disturbed by the racial insults he heard.

New Zealand Cricket say they are working with The England and Wales Cricket Board to identify the perpetrator.

In a statement they said:

“New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui.

“Although security providers at the venue were unable to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries tomorrow in an endeavour to identify the man responsible.

“NZC has zero tolerance towards abusive or offensive language at any of its venues and will refer any developments in the case to police.

“It will contact Mr Archer tomorrow to apologise for the unacceptable experience, and to promise increased vigilance in the matter when the teams next meet in Hamilton.”

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An official ECB Statement said:

“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) supported by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) are conducting an investigation into racial abuse aimed towards England cricketer Jofra Archer during day five of the first Test match in Mount Maunganui.

” The incident took place after Archer was dismissed and was walking off the field to the pavilion. Through the scrutiny of CCTV footage at the Bay Oval, authorities are trying to identify the individual or individuals responsible for the remarks. The investigation is ongoing.”

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