Archer punished for breaching England coronavirus rules

Sussex and England pace bowler Jofra Archer has been fined and given a written warning for his breach of Covid-19 protocols between the first and second England-West Indies Tests.

Jofra Archer trains with England / Picture: Getty
Jofra Archer trains with England / Picture: Getty

An ECB statement today said: "Following a disciplinary hearing held on Friday evening, 17 July, England cricketer Jofra Archer has been fined an undisclosed amount and received an official written warning after admitting to breaching the team’s bio-secure protocols on Monday 13 July when he made an unauthorised visit to his home in Hove.

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"Archer was withdrawn from England’s second Test squad against West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford and is commencing five days of isolation at the venue. He will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. He is due to rejoin the rest of the squad on Tuesday 21 July.

"The hearing was chaired by Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket and included Archer’s agent and a representative from the Professional Cricketers’ Association."

The punishment appears to mean he will be available for the third Test, as long as his Covid-19 tests come back negative and he is fit.