2019 Press Association
New Zealand cricket has charged the police with accusations of racist abuse against British Paceman Jofra Archer by a spectator in the first test last week.
A few hours after the defeat of England at Mount Maunganui, Archer revealed that he had heard "racial slurs" from a "guy" while he was returning to the pavilion following an incident that led to a large-scale investigation of an excused local council.
The investigation included reviewing CCTV footage, listening to audio recordings, interviewing passers-by and obtaining information on social media, although New Zealand cricket did not succeed in conclusively identify the individual.
However, the chief executive of New Zealand cricket, David White, believes that what he has gathered is enough to justify the filing of a complaint with the police of Tauranga.
"What happened to Jofra was reprehensible and has led to a general increase in security around the area of racial abuse at all our international sites," said White.
"If the perpetrator had to reoffend, we think we have enough information to link it to the Bay Oval incident."
New Zealand cricket said it would not "comment on public speculation about his personal data", but that if the author was identified, the governing body would seek to get a ban "of all its international sites for a long time".
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson called the incident "horrible", while White went to Hamilton – the site of the second test – to meet and apologize personally to the fast launcher.