03 Jul Ollie Robinson: England bowler can resume playing cricket after serving suspension over ‘offensive tweets’ | UK News
England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson can resume playing cricket after he was deemed to have served a suspension over a “number of offensive tweets” he sent between 2012 and 2014, the Cricket Discipline Commission has announced.
The 27-year-old, who made his Test debut for England at Lords last month, was handed an eight-match ban by the commission, five of which were suspended for two years.
He has already missed three matches as part of the investigation, and so can now continue playing.
He was also fined £3,200.
Robinson had admitted breaching two ECB directives in relation to a number of offensive tweets posted when he was aged between 18 and 20.
The tweets came to light on 2 June, the opening day of Robinson’s first Test match for England.
He withdrew himself from selection for Sussex following the suspension imposed by the England team for the second Test against New Zealand.
According to a statement, the panel considered significant mitigation, including the time that had elapsed since the tweets were posted, and a number of personal references to show how Robinson is a different person now than when the tweets were sent.
It was also recommended that Robinson should take part in “all training programmes in both the use of social media and in respect of anti-discrimination as directed by the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) over the next two years”.