England vs WI, 2nd Test: Jofra Archer dropped for breaching ‘bio-secure protocols’; to undergo COVID-19 tests
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will undergo COVID-19 tests after he was dropped for the second Test against West Indies for breaching 'bio-secure protocols'
Manchester: England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been excluded from the second Test against the West Indies starting today (July 16) at Old Trafford following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.
Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted, ECB added.
The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed, it said.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” said Archer.
“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.”
West Indies hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series after winning the opening game in Southampton.