England pacer Ollie Robinson was recently suspended from all international cricket due to some of his old racist and sexist tweets that he had posted nine years ago. While a lot of people felt that ECB took it too far, former England skipper Michael Vaughan felt the board dealt with the issue in a fair way.
Vaughan said that while the England Cricket Board dealt with this Ollie Robinson issue fairly, people saying the right-arm quick won’t ever play for England again was ridiculous and backed Robinson to make a comeback in the upcoming Test series against India.
“I think the ECB have dealt with the Ollie Robinson situation in a fair way .. many will disagree .. but hearing some say he should never play again is utterly ridiculous .. he will play against India & should,” the Englishman wrote on Twitter.
I think the ECB have dealt with the Ollie Robinson situation in a fair way .. many will disagree .. but hearing some say he should never play again is utterly ridiculous .. he will play against India & should ????— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 8, 2021
While the UK Sports and Culture Minister Oliver Dowden felt that those racist remarks were made a long time ago, that too by a teenager, it was a bit harsh by ECB to suspend the fast bowler. UK PM Boris Johnson also agreed with Dowden.
“The Prime Minister is supportive of the comments from Oliver Dowden that he made via tweet this morning. As Oliver Dowden set out, these were comments made more than a decade ago [sic] written by someone as a teenager, for which they have rightly apologised,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Johnson's official spokesperson as saying.
Meanwhile, one more cricketer from the England team has come under the scanner for his allegedly racist remarks on Twitter post pacer Robinson's suspension for a similar reason.
(With ANI inputs)