27-year-old fast bowler Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut for England in the ongoing Test series between England-New Zealand, will now have to go through an investigation regarding his tweet. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said that Ollie Robinson’s tweets in 2012 and 2013 will be investigated and he has been suspended from all international cricket until the results are out.
Ollie Robinson made many of his tweets related to gender discrimination and racism from 2012 to 2014. Although he apologized but the matter caught fire on social media and after Robinson was included in the team, these tweets became a topic of discussion on social media.
Ollie Robinson apologies
Robinson said, ‘I am deeply sorry for my actions and I am ashamed to make such comments.’ He read out the statement first to the official broadcaster and then to other media. The fast bowler said, ‘I was thoughtless and irresponsible then and whatever my mood then, my work was not pardonable.’
Robinson said that he made these tweets when he was going through a bad phase in his life as English county Yorkshire kicked him out as a teenager. “I don’t know if this tweet still exists,” he told at a news conference. I want to apologize to everyone. I am very sorry for this.’
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said he had “no words to describe how disappointed I am that an England cricketer made such tweets”. “The image that any person, especially a woman or a black person, after reading these words, will create in their mind the image of cricket and cricketers is completely unacceptable,” he said.
Robinson said, ‘I do not want to underestimate the efforts of my teammates and the ECB from what happened eight years ago because it has continued to take meaningful action with a wide range of initiatives and efforts, which I fully support.’