The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Sunday that Ollie Robinson will miss next week’s second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being suspended from all international cricket. Sussex’s quick Robinson made a stellar start for England in the first Test that ended at Lord’s on Sunday. But his efforts with bat and ball were fueled by the re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013.
“England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket until the results of a disciplinary inquiry following the historic tweets posted by him in 2012 and 2013,” an ECB statement said.
“He will not be available for selection for the LV=insurance second Test against New Zealand starting Thursday 10 June at Edgbaston.
“Robinson will immediately leave the England camp and return to his county,” it said.
The pacer led the England attack with a 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and made a useful 42 with the bat with 3-26 in the second innings.
But he found himself making an unreserved apology after stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets that suggested Muslim people be linked to terrorism, and about women and people of Asian heritage. Contains derogatory remarks.
His messages resurfaced after both teams played before Wednesday’s play for a ‘moment of unity’ designed to show their protest against discrimination, with England wearing T-shirts saying ‘cricket is for everyone. There is a game for ‘.
Robinson said in a statement released after the game on Wednesday that he was “embarrassed” and “embarrassed” by the positions.
“I want to make it clear that I am not a racist and I am not sexist,” he said.
England captain Joe Root, speaking after stumps on Sunday but before Robinson’s suspension was announced, said of the tweets: “I personally can’t believe him.”
Root, however, added, Robinson had shown “a lot of remorse” that was “very real”.
Turning to Robinson’s first match as a Test cricketer on the field at Lord’s, the captain said: “He has made an exceptional start… can be successful. “
Root, however, insisted: “As far as things that happened off the field are concerned, it is not acceptable in our game. We all know this.”
To the suggestion that the ECB should have examined Robinson’s social media history before his England debut, Root said: “We can look back on how this could have been handled better, but the facts It’s that it shouldn’t have happened.
“And if we continue to try to improve the game, that shouldn’t be an issue for years to come.
“We have to move on from it, learn from it, and do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Robinson has a separate employment contract with the Sussexes, so he is free to play if he is selected for South Coast County during his international suspension.