Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket after his tweet from 2012 and 2013 came under disciplinary investigation. Dom Bess is named as a replacement as Robinson is unavailable for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday. ECB on Sunday announced that Robinson will immediately leave the English camp and will return to his county Sussex. Robinson as a eighteen year old posted few tweets about racism and sexism which went viral soon after his test debut from English team. He posted an apology on Wednesday admitting that he as a teenager posted about “racism and sexism”.
Speaking about his debut match, the test between England and New Zealand ended as a draw. To be honest, the debutant has an ‘exceptional’ debut where he took total of 7 wickets( 4 for 75 and 3 for 26 and scored 42 in England’s first innings). English captain Joe Root on speaking about Robinson said that “He’s contributed well with the bat, his performance with the ball was excellent. He’s showed high levels of skill and he’s definitely got the game that can be successful in Test cricket. But in regards to the stuff that’s happened off the field, it’s not acceptable within our game.I couldn’t believe them [the tweets], personally. I didn’t really know how to take it on the surface.“. Root added, “I think it’s a great lesson for everyone within our game that we can all do more. We all have to keep looking to educate ourselves, trying to better the environment for everyone, trying to be as inclusive as we can, keep making everyone feel comfortable to play what a wonderful sport we have.”
As the tweets are under disciplinary investigation, The ECB promised to investigate it properly. After the incident happened now the questions are being raised about the disciplinary issues for players. Just a day after the suspension of Robinson it is said that another English man tweet has been reported as a discriminatory post. Wisden .com published tweets from another player within the current England squad where One tweet uses derogatory slang and graphics to describe people of Chinese origin. Another uses derogatory terminology to describe homosexuality. Unnamed player was under 16 at the time of offensive social media posts. Both Wisden. com and Espncricinfo has agreed to disclose his name.
Recently, it is heard that Robinson’s replacement for second test Dom Bess deactivates his Twitter after selection for the test match against New Zealand. From this incident, there are various conclusion being drawn and questions being raised about the disciplinary issues for cricketers. Not only ECB, this incident made aware to every cricketing boards, players and even the Supreme cricketing body ICC as there is no room for things like Racism, sexism etc. in todays world.