England likely to conduct due diligence on players’ social media

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England likely to conduct social media due diligence on players entering their set-up after racist and sexist posts from Ollie Robinson – who apologized to his teammates – surfaced on Twitter

  • Ollie Robinson apologized after tweets he posted at age 18 surfaced on Twitter
  • England debutant Robinson can now be beaten with a suspension or a heavy fine
  • In the wake of the incident, England will conduct due diligence on social media
  • Robinson’s posts undermined the ECB’s anti-discrimination message

England are likely to conduct due diligence on the social media of players entering their set-up following the discovery of racist and sexist posts on Ollie Robinson’s Twitter timeline.

There is currently no protocol to deal with historical social media posts, and while ECB insiders are adamant that ultimate responsibility rests with the player themselves, they also feel they could have done more to avoid a situation. in which a debutant’s nine-year-old posts were allowed to undermine their strong anti-discrimination message ahead of the start of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

Provincial players are also expected to be reminded of the importance of responsible tweeting, with the Professional Cricketers’ Association and players’ agents playing a greater role in training cricketers and monitoring their feeds.

A number of racist and sexist posts have been discovered on Ollie Robinson's Twitter timeline

A number of racist and sexist posts have been discovered on Ollie Robinson’s Twitter timeline

Robinson is said to have apologized to his teammates in the locker room on Wednesday night after being told by head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root that his tweets had become public.

That may not be enough to spare him further punishment once this Test ends, with the board eager to announce sanctions once the game is over, and underline their zero-tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination. One possibility is he could be fined and banned from next week’s second test at Edgbaston.

But the apology could serve him well in the long run.

Alex Hales, who was dropped from England’s World Cup squad in 2019 after testing positive for recreational drug use twice, has yet to personally apologize to his team-mates and has not played international cricket since.

Robinson (center) was back in action the day after his account's tweets surfaced

Robinson (center) was back in action the day after his account's tweets surfaced

Robinson (center) was back in action the day after his account’s tweets surfaced

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