England pacer Jofra Archer said that he is open to criticism which is directed towards his game but urged fans to not resort to racist comments.
Barbados-born Jofra Archer has been dealing with racist abuse on social media ever since he made burst onto the international scene but things got even worse for him after he was found guilty of breaking the quarantine rules during the recently-concluded Wisden Trophy series.
“A lot was made of my comments about social media after the last Test and it goes without saying that I stand by my point about the unacceptable nature of racial abuse. There’s never any place for it in any walk of life,” Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“But I also accept that, in terms of some of the other criticism that was aimed at me — about my cricket, say — I have to make sure I don’t let it bother me as much as I have done.
“Sometimes, you’ve just got to get on with it. People will say what they want to say on social media, and there’s not a lot you can do about it.
“The chat during the third Test was a lot more about cricket, which was nice — especially as a lot of the people I follow are based in the Caribbean. That made those five days pretty manageable.”
Archer also hailed England teammate Moeen Ali for his support towards the pacer over racist comments on social media, backing Moeen’s idea that the social media outlets shouldn’t allow users “to hide behind anonymous names and pictures”.
“It was nice to hear about a column Moeen Ali had written, in which he expressed his support for me over some of the treatment I’d received. He’s a really good guy and he made my transition into the team a lot easier when I first played international cricket last year.
“It wasn’t anything he said in the dressing room that eased my way in. It was just his presence, which was very comforting. He’s that kind of a person and I’m pleased to see England have made him vice-captain for the one-day series against Ireland.”
Archer also thanked the West Indies team for their role in a brilliant series played out in unusual circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic and said he would love to tour the Caribbean for a cricket series.
“It was a great gesture by West Indies to visit the UK during the pandemic because you know that once one team does it others will follow. It’s also the case that whichever country tours here are more likely to get a return visit from England. Would I like to tour the Caribbean? Of course!,” Archer added.