Ollie Robinson was suspended by the ECB pending an investigation into some published tweets.© AFP
English county Sussex on Thursday confirmed that pacer Ollie Robinson will not be a member of the team’s squad to open two Vitality Blast fixtures against the Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks. “After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family,” Sussex said in an official statement. “The well-being of the players and staff – including mental health and well-being – is a priority for the club, which is why Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in its decision. “We continue to have a close relationship with Ollie from a charitable perspective and will provide more information about his availability at the appropriate times,” he added.
Last week, Robinson Sussex suspended all international cricket until the result of a disciplinary investigation following tweets published by the Cricket Board (ECB) in England and Wales in 2012 and 2013.
Robinson immediately left the English camp and returned to his county. Last week, Robinson apologized “without apology” for the “racist and sexist” tweets he posted as a teenager more than eight years ago. Robinson also admitted that he was “embarrassed” by making racist remarks when tweets from 2012-2013 reappeared on social media.
“Ollie is a very different man from the one who wrote these tweets and has clearly learned over the years. He has made clear his embarrassment, embarrassment and remorse for his discriminatory comments. As a result of his actions” Ollie has had the opportunity to leave his country, public and the analysis of the media is at the heart of the situation and there is an opportunity for the ECB to take disciplinary action, ”Sussex said in an official statement.
“Sussex Cricket will not add to these significant penalties. The club will turn its attention to supporting Ollie in its commitment to continue educating in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.
“Ollie has more to learn in this area. We all do. We all have a responsibility to improve and make Cricket a game for everyone,” he added.
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