ECB to review players' social media after Ollie Robinson's racist and sexist tweets

The ECB suspended fast bowler Robinson last week for his racist and sexist tweets.

Ollie Robinson was suspended by the ECB last week | Getty Images

England cricketer Ollie Robinson's old sexist and racist tweets have now become a major headache for the other English cricketers as it forced the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to review players' social media handles to address past issues and remind them of their responsibilities.

The ECB has on Saturday (June 12) confirmed that the board will review players' social media with the individuals within cricket involving in the process to address the past issues as well as to remind the players of their responsibilities after Robinson's old tweets stirred controversy in England.

Last week, Robinson was suspended by the ECB from international cricket, pending an investigation, after his old posts on Twitter resurfaced when he made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's.

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However, the 27-year-old apologized for his “thoughtless and irresponsible” tweets and recently took a short break from cricket, but the ECB insisted that review “would not prevent further disciplinary action” in the future if required and that it was determined to be more inclusive.

The ECB said in a statement: “The review will be collaborative, and involve other individuals within cricket, including ECB administrators and coaches, as well as players.”

The statement further reads, “The ECB will now work closely with the Professional Cricketers' Association, Team England Player Partnership, and England Women's Player Partnership to agree on Terms of Reference, identify independent expertise, and will support those taking part through education and training to complete the process.”

Noteworthy, Robinson was replaced by Olly Stone for in England squad for the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston started on June 10.

(With Reuters Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 12 Jun, 2021

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