Ollie Robinson fined and banned for old racist and sexist Twitter posts despite impressive debut as England make plans to add Seamer to squad for second test against New Zealand
- The ECB launched an investigation into its historic racist and sexist tweets
- English sailor Ollie Robinson will discover his destiny Sunday evening discover
- The 27-year-old is expected to be removed from the squad for the second Test
- Robinson took six wickets and scored 42 from number eight on debut
Ollie Robinson will find out his fate after his debut Test match tonight, after the ECB promised an investigation into his historic racist and sexist tweets.
While it is unlikely that an investigation by the Cricket Discipline Commission will be conducted as the Sussex player was not under contract with a club at the time of his inappropriate comments, the terms of his employment as an England cricketer allow action to be taken .
This can take the form of a ban, a fine or a combination of both. Alternatively, his ECB bosses may decide he needs to take no further action, although that move remains highly unlikely given CEO Tom Harrison’s “zero tolerance” response when the news broke on the first day of Robinson’s international career.
English sailor Ollie Robinson (above) will discover his fate Sunday evening
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Ollie Robinson may only play in his first Test, he certainly had world number 1 batsman Kane Williamson at Lord’s.
Williamson is hit on the pads with the second ball of the 24th left. Robinson appeals and umpire Richard Illingworth raises his hand. Williamson reviews begrudgingly. Ultra Edge sees a small murmur as the ball passes the bat and Williamson survives.
On the next ball, the English bowler hits Williamson’s pads again. This time, Joe Root is unconvinced when umpire Illingworth rejects Robinson’s leg before appealing, but eventually, almost reluctantly, signs up for review. Replays with three red suits, with the ball hitting the top of the leg stump.
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There is a good chance that the 27-year-old will be removed from the squad for the second Test starting Thursday in Edgbaston.
Sportsmail understands plans were made on Saturday to add an additional sailor to the party traveling to Birmingham.
Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood and Brydon Carse, the Durham-pace bowler who made a strong impression on England Lions’ tour of Australia last year and has revived his best form with 33 Championship wickets from 20 runs each so far in 2021 , will be one of the names being considered by England coach Chris Silverwood and his squad.
On the pitch, Robinson took his four wickets in the first inning with a composite of 42 of number eight on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test – only centurion Rory Burns contributed more to England’s 275 all-out – plus the scalp of the first innings double centurion Devon Conway and Test cricket’s number one-rated batsman Kane Williamson.
However, he will again suffer for his indiscretions as a teenager as the ECB makes an example of him in their effort to rid the sport of discrimination.
The episode was a particular source of embarrassment to them as the tweets were unearthed within hours of the England team taking to the field for the match wearing sporty t-shirts with messages against racism and sexism.
The unsavory comments date back to a period ending in June 2013, when he tasted Yorkshire as an 18-year-old after his release from Kent. He made his second-team debut that month.
Robinson claimed the scalps of New Zealand’s Devon Conway and Kane Williamson
“Ollie Robinson signed a junior professional contract with Yorkshire on 19 September 2013 before leaving in July 2014 and has played three List A matches and seven T20 matches,” a Yorkshire spokesperson said.
“The club was not aware of these posts on Ollie’s social media channels before signing and strongly condemns such comments. There is no place for racism or sexism in our society or in our sport.’
The association will be inconvenient for Yorkshire, who is being sued in a labor court over a claim of racial discrimination by former player Azeem Rafiq.
Robinson scored a composite of 42 innings of number eight at Lord’s on Saturday
Robinson was sacked after less than a year at Headingley due to a breach of trust following poor timekeeping, exposing inappropriate long-haul journeys back to Kent between matches.
This year he was subjected to virtual classrooms about unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, organized by the Professional Cricketers’ Association but led by the EW Group, specialists in the field.
A likely part of his punishment from an organization desperate for the outside world to take its message seriously will be a further individualized program.