England’s newest sensation Ollie Robinson has been in the news for his tweets in 2012 and 2013 and not for his stunning performance at Lord’s in his debut Test. On his debut day, a Twitter user dug out his Robinson’s old tweets, which were racist as well as sexist and all of a sudden, the cricket world was sent on frenzy.
There were talks about his suspension on the first day itself and several fans asked for a punishment. However, there were people who stood behind him, terming the tweets as a ‘teenage mistake’. At the end of the day, the news reached England’s dressing room and Ollie Robinson issued an apology to both, the broadcasters and his teammates in the dressing room.
However, that wasn’t enough as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched a full investigation into the matter and thus, Robinson was suspended from International cricket after the conclusion of the first Test match. The ECB revealed that until the outcome of the ongoing investigation, the fast-bowler will not feature in any of England’s international matches.
Following the conclusion of the match, England skipper Joe Root clarified his stance on the Ollie Robinson incident, saying that what Robinson did is just not acceptable within cricket. “He contributed well with the bat, his performance with the ball has been excellent, he showed high levels of skill and he’s definitely got a game that can be successful in Test cricket,” Root said.
“In regards to the stuff that happened off the field, it’s not acceptable within our game. We all know that. He fronted up to it, showed a lot of remorse, and you can see it’s very genuine from how he’s been around the group.
“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 be as inclusive as we can, and keep making everyone feel comfortable to play the wonderful sport we have.”
When asked about his first reaction to the incident, Joe Root revealed that he refused to believe initially. Root further said that England is a sporting country and Robinson’s tweets were not pleasing.
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