Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, has apologised to Jofra Archer on behalf of the New Zealanders after the English pacer made allegations of being racially abused by a fan during the first Test at Mount Maunganui.
In a couple of tweets, Archer had said, “A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team, the crowd was been [sic] amazing this week except for that one guy, @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also.” In an earlier tweet, which was eventually deleted, he had also said, “Can the guy that was yelling bbc and bc from the scoreboard area today come forward and tell me what those words mean please? Because I don’t…”
While New Zealand Cricket had said that they will apologise to Archer and also try and identify the person who made the racial comments, Williamson, on Tuesday (November 26), told stuff.co.nz, “It’s certainly against everything that we as Kiwis are about, and I certainly hope that nothing like that ever happens again. I can only apologise on behalf of Kiwis to Jofra, not only from our team and how we look to conduct ourselves, but what we expect of Kiwis in general.”
While Williamson, who doesn’t use Twitter claimed that he was unaware of any such comments through the course of the game, said he found out about it on Monday, and admitted that he was shocked after knowing it. “Absolutely, 100 per cent [I was shocked],” Williamson said. “We were out there too and didn’t hear anything… obviously we were focusing on other things. It’s a horrific thing. In a country, and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural, it’s something we need to put to bed quickly and hope nothing like that ever happens again. It certainly won’t if there’s any influence we can have on it.”
The New Zealand skipper also added that he will personally meet Archer and apologise to him. “I will try, over the next few days if I can see him, definitely.”