Ravichandran Ashwin feels genuinely sorry for Ollie Robinson after his international suspension following historic Tweets

Ashwin being vocal about his views, expressed his thoughts on Ollie Robinson’s suspension from international cricket after an impressive debut contributing with both – bat and bowl.

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to have his say on Ollie Robinson’s suspension from international cricket following old Tweets from Robinson being unearthed. Robinson was suspended from international cricket until the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ordered investigation is concluded. Robinson is allowed to play for his county team Sussex.

On the day of Robinson’s international debut, June 2, Tweets that he made eight years ago (racist and sexiest) were made public.

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.”

Ashwin took to Twitter, expressing his concern for Robinson, and cautioned the social media generation. Here is what he said-
“I can understand the negative sentiments towards what #OllieRobinson did years ago, but I do feel genuinely sorry for him being suspended after an impressive start to his Test career. This suspension is a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media Gen.”

Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer was quick to reply to Ashwin’s Tweet. Here is what Jaffer has to say-
“I am just glad I found Twitter after I retired”

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.”

More on Root’s response in this ESPNcricinfo Tweet.

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.

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