Ollie Robinson to take a short break from cricket after Twitter controversy
England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has decided to take a short break from cricket, his county side Sussex confirmed on June 10. The decision comes after Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket following his Test debut at Lord's. The Englishman was disciplined after racial tweets from the past resurfaced on the day of his Test debut.
Ollie Robinson will not be a part of Sussex's first two games in the Vitality T20 Blast. The fast bowler will now spend some time with his family as he deals with what has transpired over the last week.
Ollie Robinson has issued an apology for his old tweets, stressing that he was not racist or sexist and that he had learned from the past. Sussex, however, maintained that Ollie Robinson is a completely different person now.
“Ollie Robinson will not be part of the Sussex Sharks squad for the team’s opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks on Friday and Saturday evenings. After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family," the club said in a statement.
“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. When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex teammates," the statement continued.