Ollie Robinson was suspended by ECB pending investigation into some tweets he posted.© AFP
English county Sussex on Thursday confirmed that pacer Ollie Robinson won’t be part of the staff’s squad for the opening two Vitality Blast fixtures in opposition to 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,” mentioned Sussex in an official assertion. “Player and staff welfare – including mental health and wellbeing – is a priority for the club and, as such, Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision. When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex teammates. We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare perspective and will issue further updates on his availability at the relevant times,” it added.
Final week, Sussex bowler Robinson was suspended from all international cricket by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pending the result of a disciplinary investigation following the tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.
Robinson left the England camp instantly and he returned to his county. Final week, Robinson had “unreservedly apologised” for the “racist and sexist” tweets he posted over eight years in the past as an adolescent. Robinson additionally admitted that he is “ashamed” of making racist remarks as his tweets from 2012-2013 resurfaced on social media.
“Ollie is a very different man from the one that wrote those tweets and has clearly learned much in the intervening years. He has made clear the shame, embarrassment, and remorse he feels for the discriminatory comments he made. As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his country suspended, is at the centre of intense public and media scrutiny and faces the possibility of further disciplinary action from the ECB,” mentioned Sussex in an official assertion.
“Sussex Cricket will not be adding to these significant penalties. The club will turn its attention to supporting Ollie in his commitment to continue to educate himself in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.
“Ollie has extra to study on this space. All of us do. All of us have a duty to enhance and to make cricket a recreation for everyone,” it added.
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