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“I said that we were very sorry that he had to experience that in our country and we’re very disappointed, but he was very thankful I had made the effort to come see him.”

In this Sunday Nov. 24, 2019 photo, Englands Jofra Archer reacts during play on day four of the first cricket test between England and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. New Zealand Cricket will contact Archer to apologize after a fan racially abused the England fast bowler at the end of the first test between the teams on Monday. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Baker

New Zealand Cricket chief David White visited England’s Jofra Archer in his hotel yesterday to apologise for the racial abuse the fast bowler said he was subjected to in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.

The England and New Zealand cricket boards both launched investigations on Monday after Archer reported racial abuse from a spectator to ground stewards at Bay Oval.

White said he had offered assurances to Archer that there would be extra security to ensure there was no repeat when the second Test started in Hamilton on Friday.

“I just had a good chat to him,” the NZC chief executive said in Hamilton. “I said that we were very sorry that he had to experience that in our country and we’re very disappointed, but he was very thankful I had made the effort to come see him.”

Archer, who was born in Barbados and represented West Indies at Under-19 level, scored 30 runs on Monday to delay New Zealand’s innings and 65-run victory in the first Test.

The 24-year-old then took to Twitter to say he had found it “a bit disturbing” to hear the racial insults coming from one person in the crowd.

White said, if identified, the alleged perpetrator would be referred to the police and New Zealand Cricket would push for the person to be banned for life from attending cricket matches.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who lives close to the Bay Oval ground, said he would also seek out Archer to offer an apology.

“It’s a horrific thing,” Williamson said.

“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.”

England team director Ashley Giles said the 24-year-old paceman had been affected by the incident but thought his teammates would offer him plenty of support.

“You know what our team is like, they’ll rally round him pretty well but it’s a serious incident.

Reuters