Ollie Robinson has decided to take a’short vacation’ from cricket.
Ollie Robinson, an England seamer, has opted to take a break from cricket.
After being suspended from all international cricket pending the conclusion of a disciplinary investigation following prior racist and sexist statements, the 27-year-old missed the second Test against New Zealand.
On the day he made his England debut against the Black Caps earlier this month, Robinson issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013, when he was in his late teens, which were found and uploaded online.
“After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a brief sabbatical from the game to spend time with his young family,” said a statement from the player’s county, Sussex.
“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,” the statement continued, confirming Robinson would not be in the Sharks squad for the team’s first two Vitality Blast matches against Gloucestershire and Hampshire.
“Ollie will be welcomed back to the club when he is ready, and meetings with the rest of the squad over the last week have confirmed that he has the support of all his Sussex teammates.
“From a welfare standpoint, we stay in close contact with Ollie and will provide any information on his availability as needed.”
Robinson impressed with seven wickets in the first Test at Lord’s, but was left out of the side for the series decider against the Black Caps, which begins on Thursday at Edgbaston.
“Another of Sussex Cricket’s aims is to make cricket a game for everyone in our community,” the statement said.
“Ollie’s tweets were entirely inappropriate, and their substance contradicts our stated goal of inspiring people from all walks of life in Sussex to declare, ‘I feel a part of Sussex Cricket.’
“Ollie is a very different person than the one who penned those tweets, and he has certainly learnt a lot in the years since then. He has expressed his humiliation, embarrassment, and regret. (This is a brief piece.)