London: England Pacer Ollie Robinson, who made his debut in the Lord’s Test match against New Zealand, has been suspended from all international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The England Board has shared this information after the first Test match against New Zealand was drawn. After being suspended from international cricket, Robinson will no longer play in the second Test at Edgbaston starting from Thursday.
The statement released by ECB, “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.” When Robinson made his debut at Lord’s, these old tweets of his went viral on social media, after which the England Cricket Board swung into action. The England board has banned Robinson from international cricket due to these tweets.
“He will not be available for selection for the LV= Insurance second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday 10 June. Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county,” added. He took seven wickets against New Zealand at Lord’s in the first Test that ended in a draw on Sunday. Robinson also scored 42.
Meanwhile, England skipper Joe Root said after the match, “From a performance point of view, on the field, he has had an exceptional debut. With regards to the stuff that has happened off the field, it is not acceptable within our game we all know that. He has dealt with a huge array of emotions over this last week and he has got to learn some hard lessons.”
Earlier, he apologized for his old tweets between 2012 and 2014 that led to controversy. “On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public. I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. 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,” he had said in a statement.