New Zealand is the most underrated team and are underdogs in every ICC tournament.
A cricket fan who racially abused England fast bowler Jofra Archer during a Test match at Tauranga in November has been banned from domestic and international matches in New Zealand for two years.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said the 28-year-old Auckland man admitted responsibility after being identified by a police investigation.
Police issued the man with a verbal warning for using insulting language and NZC has contacted the man to inform him he is banned from international and domestic matches until 2022.
The man would be liable for further police action if he breaches the ban, NZC spokesman Anthony Crummy said.
“We’d again like to extend our apologies to Jofra and the England team management for such an unsavoury incident and reiterate once more that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable,” Crummy said.
“We want to thank the New Zealand Police for their efforts in identifying the person responsible, and for making it clear that this type of behaviour will not be minimised.”
Crummy said NZC would not identify the man or release information that could lead to his identification.
He did add that NZC would continue to treat offensive language and behaviour seriously, with anti-racist messages posted on signs around the grounds, on the big screen, and delivered by ground-announcers.
Archer, who is black, complained on Twitter of having been racially abused during the final day of the first cricket Test at Bay Ova in November.
The 24-year-old said shortly after the tourists were routed by an innings that he found it “a bit disturbing” to hear racial taunts.