India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin says he feels ‘genuinely sorry’ for Ollie Robinson after England suspended the bowler over offensive historic tweets.
Robinson was making his England debut in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s when his racist and sexists tweets – posted in 2012 and 2013 – resurfaced.
In a press release launched through the Check, Robinson apologised ‘unreservedly’ and insisted he’s ‘ashamed’ of the tweets and is ‘not racist or sexist’.
On Sunday night, the 27-year-old – who took seven wickets and scored 42 runs through the drawn Lord’s Check – was suspended from worldwide cricket pending an investigation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The choice means Robinson will miss the second Check in opposition to New Zealand, which begins on Thursday, and Ashwin has expressed his sympathy for the bowler.
‘I can perceive the unfavourable sentiments in direction of what Ollie Robinson did years in the past, however I do really feel genuinely sorry for him being suspended after a powerful begin to his Check profession,’ Ashwin tweeted.
‘This suspension is a robust indication of what the longer term holds on this social media Gen.’
In the meantime, Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden has mentioned the ECB has gone ‘excessive’ in suspending Robinson, urging the organisation to ‘suppose once more’.
‘Ollie Robinson’s tweets have been offensive and fallacious,’ he mentioned. ‘They’re additionally a decade previous and written by a teen.
‘The teenager is now a person and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone excessive by suspending him and may suppose once more.’
After England drew the opening Check in opposition to New Zealand, captain Joe Root mentioned Robinson’s tweets have been ‘not acceptable’.
‘Ollie has made an enormous mistake,’ Root mentioned. ‘He fronted as much as the dressing room and the remainder of the world, and he’s very remorseful.’
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