Ollie Robinson suspension splits opinion along Tory-Labour lines

Ollie Robinson suspension splits opinion along Tory-Labour lines

Events related to England medium pacer Ollie Robinson have overshadowed the drawn first Test at Lord’s. At the end of the first Test between England and New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended the 27-year-old seamer from all international cricket for offensive/abusive tweets he posted eight and nine years ago. The ECB’s decision has divided opinion, with ministers and MPs too, wading into the controversy.

Robinson made an impressive Test debut at Lord’s, taking seven wickets in the match and scoring 42 runs in the first innings. The suspension, however, has put a serious question mark over his international future.

The tweets

Robinson had posted racist and sexist tweets when he was a teenager. In one tweet from 2012, he had said: “My new Muslim friend is the bomb”. Another tweet read: “I wonder if Asian people put smileys like this ¦) #racist”, while a third had this: “Guy next to me on the train definitely has Ebola.” The tweets resurfaced on the first day of the first Test. Some of those tweets were posted when Robinson was playing for Yorkshire and the County, as reported by BBC, had sacked him for “unprofessional behaviour”.

The ECB statement

Ollie Robinson

At the end of the first Test, the ECB put out a statement, saying: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.

“He will not be available for selection for the LV= Insurance second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday 10 June. Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county.”

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