England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has clear to take a short break from cricket, his county side Sussex approved on June 10.
However, this decision comes after Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket after his Test debut at Lord’s. The Englishman was disciplined after racial tweets from the past fixed up on the day of his Test debut.
Statement: Ollie Robinson suspended from all international cricket
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Ollie Robinson will not be a part of Sussex’s first 2-games in the Vitality T20 Blast. The fast bowler will now give some time with his family as he deals with what has ensued over the last week.
“Ollie Robinson will not be part of the Sussex Sharks squad for the team’s opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks on Friday and Saturday evenings. After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family,” the club said in a statement.
“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,” the statement continued.
Ollie Robinson has announced an explanation for his old tweets, stressing that he was not racist or sexist and that he had learned from the back. Sussex, though, said that Ollie Robinson is a completely different person today.
“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,” read the official statement from the club.
“As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his country suspended, is at the center of intense public and media scrutiny, and faces the possibility of further disciplinary action from the ECB. 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,” the statement concluded.
🗣 “I was a young man once, I did a lot of rubbish as a youngster. As you go through life you learn.”
🗣 “Yes suspend him because you want to investigate… but do it quickly.”
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