International cricket is all set to resume in July following a long hiatus. Hosts England will take on the West Indies in a 3-match Test series. The Caribbean men arrive in England last week and are currently in self-isolation.
Cricket fans all over the world will be impatient for the first match to get underway on July 8th. For England paceman Jofra Archer, these will be exciting times as he will be playing against his native country in a bilateral series for the very first time. Archer was born in Barbados but decided to play international cricket for England, as his father is English.
Writing about the upcoming series, the young paceman said he expects a lot of people to tune in to the match as live sports is returning after long.
“It’s exciting that England and West Indies will be the teams to start world cricket back up again, laying down the platform for other countries to follow,” Archer said in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Obviously as the only cricket on, all eyes will be on it, and I expect that there will be a lot more television viewers than would have been the case had things been normal. I expect people who don’t usually watch cricket will tune in — because it’s live sport, not pre-recorded. If they are like me they will have had their fill of re-runs,” he added.
Earlier, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach, who played with Archer in the Caribbean when they were growing up, said there would be no friendships on the field.
“Jofra made his decision and he’s done a fantastic job for England so far but there will be no friendships during this series,” Roach had said last week.
Meanwhile, Archer thinks that Roach’s comments shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.
“Let’s not get this out of proportion. There will be rivalry there but when Kemar said there will be ‘no friendships’ it sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Obviously, we all grew up in the Caribbean and it’s customary for us to say ‘we will be friends at the end of the game’. That’s exactly what he meant.” he said.
“It’s not as though he is going to walk past me or be rude, it’s just that when we are on the field we will play hard cricket,” the England speedster added.