The England all-rounder, Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all forms of international cricket until the result of a disciplinary hearing into his historic tweets from 2012 and 2013.
He will leave the national camp immediately and return to Sussex, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Sunday, June 6. As a result, he will miss the second Test against New Zealand, which will take place at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday, June 10.
Ollie Robinson embarrassed by his actions and that he’s neither sexist nor racist
Ollie Robinson suspended from all international cricket. Robinson previously admitted to posting “racist and sexist” tweets as a teenager, in which he made jokes about the Muslim community and Asian ethnicity. After taking the field for the first Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the issue became noticeable.
The ECB also promised to investigate the tweets when they became public. Robinson apologized after the match on Wednesday, saying he’s embarrassed by his actions and that he’s neither sexist nor racist.
Meanwhile, Three Lions Test captain Joe Root lauded Robinson for an outstanding debut at the Home of Cricket, but he also called his historic actions “unacceptable.”
“He’s contributed well with the bat, his performance with the ball was excellent. He’s showed high levels of skill and he’s definitely got the game that can be successful in Test cricket. But in regards to the stuff that’s happened off the field, it’s not acceptable within our game. We all know that.
“He addressed the dressing room straight away. He obviously 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,” Root was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
“I couldn’t believe them personally. I didn’t really know how to take it on the surface. I think the most important thing is Ollie is part of this dressing room and we had to support him,” Root added.
Robinson took four wickets in the first innings and three in the second in the first Test. In England’s first innings, he also scored 42 runs.