England and Wales Cricket Board made a bold decision and Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket for the racist and sexist tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013. Even it was expected that England will not include Robinson for the Edgbaston Test and ECB made a final call on it by suspending him. The English pacer will now return to his county, Sussex.
Robinson even sent an apology and confirmed that he posted racist tweets when he was a teenager. England and New Zealand players had stood on the side of the field before the Lord’s Test to show support against racism. Robinson claimed 7 wickets including a 4-wicket haul in the first innings. He also contributed 42 runs in England’s first innings. Joe Root was pretty happy with Robinson’s debut.
Robinson said after this tweets drama, "On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public. I want to make it clear that I'm not racist and I'm not sexist. I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended, my teammates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combatting discrimination from our sport."
England and New Zealand’s first Test ended in a draw and both sides will now meet each other in the final game of the series from June 10. England’s next Test assignment will be against India which is starting from August 4, following the white-ball series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.