Ollie Robinson suspended from international cricket pending disciplinary probe

Pacer Ollie Robinson
was suspended from all international cricket pending an investigation into
racist and sexist Twitter messages, the ECB announced Sunday.

Sussex quick Robinson made an impressive on-field England
debut in the drawn first Test at Lord’s concluded Sunday.

But his efforts with bat and ball were overshadowed by the
re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old had
posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013.

“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,” said
an ECB statement.

“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,” it added.

The paceman led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first
innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between
making a useful 42 with the bat.

But he found himself making an unreserved apology after
stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets that included
comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism, and derogatory
remarks about women and people of Asian heritage.

His messages re-emerged after both teams lined up before
play on Wednesday for a ‘Moment of Unity’ designed to show their opposition to
discrimination, with England wearing T-shirts stating ‘Cricket is a game for
everyone’.

Robinson, in a statement issued after play on Wednesday,
said he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” by the posts.

“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m
not sexist,” he added.

England captain Joe Root speaking after stumps on Sunday but
before Robinson’s suspension had been announced, said of the tweets: “I
couldn’t believe them, personally.”

Root, however, added Robinson had shown a “lot of
remorse” that was “very genuine”.

‘Exceptional debut’

Turning to Robinson’s first match as a Test cricketer, on
the field at Lord’s, the skipper said: “He has had an exceptional
debut…He’s showed high levels of skill and he’s definitely got the game that
can be successful in Test cricket.”

Root, however, insisted: “In regards to the stuff
that’s happened off the field, it’s not acceptable within our game. We all know
that.”

As for suggestions that the ECB should have investigated
Robinson’s social media history prior to his England debut, Root said: “We
can look back about how this could have been handled better, but the fact is it
shouldn’t have happened.

“And if we continue to keep trying to better the game
right now, then in years to come this shouldn’t be an issue.

“We’ve got to move forward from this, learn from this
and do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Robinson has a separate employment contract with Sussex so
he is free to play, if selected, for the south coast county during his
international suspension.

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