England pacer Ollie Robinson, who made his first appearance for the national side on Wednesday, has been in the news since the past three days but for another reason. It is worth noting that during 2012 to 2013, the bowler had put some racial and sexist posts on Twitter. The issue didn’t grab much attention at that time, however, after he made his debut for England on June 2, 2021, those tweets have become the talk of the town.
After the matter came to light, Robinson apologised to his England teammates for his 9-year-old old tweets after stumps on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. He turned out to be the standout bowler for England with figures of 4/75.
Despite making an apology, the pacer couldn’t keep himself away from the radar of critics. It is now being learned that Robinson is likely to be dropped from the second Test against New Zealand for his previous actions. An investigation on his case has to take place now and that might see him miss the upcoming game.
We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination: ECB CEO
After Robinson’s tweets came to the fore, ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison too lashed out at the bowler.
“I do not have the words to express how disappointed I am that an England Men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been. Any person reading those words, particularly a woman or person of colour, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable,” Harrison said.
“We are better than this. We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination and there are rules in place that handle conduct of this nature. We will initiate a full investigation as part of our disciplinary process,” he added.