English cricketer Ollie Robinson was suspended and dropped from the squad for the upcoming second Test against New Zealand that will be held in Edgbaston. This is because of his racist and sexist tweets that resurfaced from 2012 and 2013.
‘Not going to lie, a lot of girls need to learn the art of class’, Robinson wrote. Another tweet also wrote, ‘My new Muslim friend is the bomb #wheeyyyyy’.
Robinson apologised and said that he was embarrassed by the sexist and racist tweets he posted over eight years ago. He also released a statement saying that he is not a racist nor a sexist. Robinson admitted that it was a thoughtless and irresponsible act and said that he deeply regretted his actions and learned his lessons.
With this, there is no doubt that there is a sudden change in the latest odds as you bet on cricket games where England plays.
‘I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets. I don’t want something that happened eight years ago to diminish the efforts of my teammates and the ECB as they continue to build meaningful action with their comprehensive initiatives and efforts, which I fully endorse’, he added.
Robinson is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a right-handed batsman who just made his debut with the England cricket team in June 2021. He was also one of the reserve players of the squad for their Test match against Sri Lanka and India.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said they will still investigate as part of the disciplinary process. On the other hand, sports minister Oliver Dowden said that the ECB was going over the top. He said that they should think about suspending the cricketer because the tweet is a decade old and was written when Robinson was a teenager.
England’s head coach Chris Silverwood also said that the ongoing controversy is a ‘stark reminder’ of the responsibilities that each player holds, especially that they are exposed to the public eye.
‘It was very disappointing. What should have been one of the greatest days of Ollie’s career didn’t end up well for him. It was disappointing for the group. It was a stark reminder for us of all the responsibilities that we hold in the position that we are in. There is absolutely no place in this game for any form of discrimination whatsoever’, Silverwood said.
Robinson’s suspension will continue until the final verdict of the investigation is released. Looking on the brighter side, he can still play for Sussex.
The 27-year-old cricketer was the pick of England against New Zealand after taking seven wickets from the first match of the two-Test series. Captain Joe Root said that from a performance point of view, Robinson is an exceptional player in the field.
‘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.
Root also emphasized that the players know what’s acceptable within their game, especially with the events that happened off the field. What happened to Robinson is a lesson for every player to educate themselves and try to be inclusive as much as they can. This is to make the other players and even the spectators feel comfortable.
With the ongoing investigations and sudden changes in the team’s roster, the squad still promised to show a great performance. So, you better stay tuned and bet on cricket.