Ollie Robinson’s debut Test performance was at Lord’s Cricket Ground when he took 7 wickets and contributed 42 runs to the team’s total. Despite this, England’s fast bowler has no chance of enjoying himself after the racism tweets controversy.
The England Cricket Board (ECB) banned Ollie Robinson from international cricket indefinitely for his anti-Muslim and anti-woman tweets that he made 8 years ago. As a result, the 27-year-old English fast bowler will not play the second match of the current series against New Zealand.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison announced the punishment in a statement on Sunday. Ollie Robinson has been banned from all forms of international cricket. The tweets that he made in 2012 and 2013 were investigated correctly, and the later decision will be taken based on that report. Despite being banned from international cricket, Robinson will be able to play domestic and county cricket. However, he will not be available for the Edgbaston Test against New Zealand. Robinson will soon leave the England camp and join his county team (Sussex).
At the heart of Robinson’s punishment is multiple controversial posts on his social media (Twitter) that he made at the age of 18–19. On his social media account, he made hateful statements against Muslims, portrayed them as terrorists, made highly derogatory remarks about women, and made all sorts of sarcastic comments about Asian traditions. At the time he was playing for the second cricket team of Leicestershire, Kent, and Yorkshire.
After 8 years of that incident, he stepped into international cricket and his controversial posts suddenly came to the fore. His posts from April 2012 to June 2013 have not only come to the fore, but they have also gone viral.
Robinson realized from the first day that people notice all the odds besides the good deeds in the highest level of cricket. The 27-year-old bowler was forced to apologize at the end of the first day’s play amidst heated debate.
He felt very ashamed by his past comments and apologized to everyone who was hurt by his words. Whatever the situation was then, there is no explanation for the irresponsible remarks that have been made without thinking about them.
British Sports and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden cannot accept the punishment given to Robinson. Robinson’s tweet was wrong and not good at all. But the tweet was written by a teenage boy almost a decade ago, and he has now apologized in the right way as an adult. The ECB has gone strict enough by banning him, in his opinion.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also agreed with Dowden. According to Johnson, it is not fair for Robinson to be punished so badly for what he did in his teen.
In the meantime, Johnson’s comments sent shockwaves through the English cricket board. A racist tweet from a current England cricket player has been discovered. The board has also launched an investigation. Wisden has already published the tweet. The player’s identity was kept hidden at the time of tweeting because he is only 16 years old.
Cricket is known as a gentlemen’s game. The ECB might have taken this hard decision to keep the reputation of world cricket.
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