Ollie Robinson suspended from all International cricket over his racist and sexist Tweets, set to miss second Test versus New Zealand

Robinson’s racist and sexist Tweets which he made eight years ago resurfaced on June 2, day of his Test debut. ECB has ordered investigation, has allowed Robinson to play for Sussex.

England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson is set to miss the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being handed a suspension from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). An investigation has been ordered into the racist and sexist Tweets the fast-bowler made as an 18-year-old, eight years ago.

When his Tweets resurfaced, Robinson stated the following, after play on Day 1 (June 2) of the first Test match between England and New Zealand.
“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist,” Robinson said at the time. “I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.”

Incidentally, The England team observed a ‘moment of unity’ which condemned racism and sexism. Players wore t-shirts with slogans of ‘we stand together against racism and ‘we stand together against sexism’. A few hours later, Robinson’s tweets had been made public.

The 27-year-old said he was going through a difficult period in his life when he sent the Tweets in case here.

A statement from the ECB at the end of the first Test said: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.”

“He will not be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county.”

ECB’s chief executive, Tom Harrison, stated that a disciplinary process and full investigation would be initiated. Robinson could have been fined or suspended for several matches, but the punishment will be declared after the ECB investigation is concluded.  ECB has allowed Robinson to play for Sussex, Robinson’s County team.

Here is a Tweet from Sky Sports on the same.

Not acceptable within our game – Joe Root

Joe Root stated the following after the first Test.
“It’s not acceptable within our game. We all know that. He addressed the dressing room straight away. He spoke to you guys and other media outlets straight away fronted up to it. He showed a lot of remorse from that point onwards. You can see it’s very genuine from how he’s been around the group and the team.

“And I think it’s a great lesson for everyone within our game that we can all do more. We all have to keep looking to educate ourselves, trying to better the environment for everyone, trying to be as inclusive as we can, keep making everyone feel comfortable to play what a wonderful sport we have.

“It starts with us players at the top of the game. We set out the week with that moment of unity and we’re doing a lot of work behind the cricket that we want to make a big change in the game and we want to make it more inclusive, more diverse.

“By doing that, we’re not saying that we’re perfect. We’ve got to keep bettering ourselves as well, and hopefully, by doing that it will filter through the game, it will filter through grassroots and the county game. We’ve got to keep working hard with the PCA, ECB, all the painters to try and make this game as good as we can for as many people as possible.”

Robinson will miss the second Test of the two-match series, scheduled at Edgbaston from June 10-14. Robinson in his debut Test match, which ended in a draw, took a total of seven wickets (four in first innings and three in second) giving away 101 runs. He scored 42 crucial runs when England was reduced to 140 for six wickets, stitching a partnership of 63 with Rory Burns.

(with inputs from Cricbuzz)

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