5 Controversies created due to breaking COVID-19 protocols

5 Controversies created due to breaking COVID-19 protocols

A lot happened behind the scenes after COVID-19 protocols were breached.

South Africa v England
South Africa v England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, brought the entire world to a standstill in March. Almost every country on earth enforced strict nationwide lockdowns to curtail the spread of this deadly virus. The United States, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Russia have been worst-hit by this virus.

The sports world also came to a standstill as the fans could not enjoy live action for two-three months. Talking about cricket specifically, the sport resumed in some European and American regions first. Subsequently, England made history by hosting the first international cricket tour inside a bio-secure bubble.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) laid down a set of rules that the players inside the bubble had to follow. Apart from that, there were some significant rule changes to the on-field play also. But not every player could adjust to the new normal.

Here are the five controversies created because of breaking COVID-19 protocols:

Jofra Archer fined an undisclosed amount 

Ben Stokes and Jofra archer
Ben Stokes and Jofra archer. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

As mentioned above, the England and Wales Cricket Board was the first to host an international cricket series after the COVID-19 break. They invited West Indies for an ICC World Test Championship series. Fast bowler Jofra Archer was one of the members of the English squad.

However, the team management dropped him for the second match because he breached the bio-bubble rules. Instead of traveling directly to the venue of the second Test, Archer visited his home in Brighton. Thus, ECB fined him an for undisclosed amount.

Since Archer stepped outside the bio-bubble, he had to sit out of the second Test match. Still, the Barbados-born player learnt his lesson and did not break any rules going forward. He now holds the record for being one of the top cricketers to have spent the most days inside a bio-bubble.