Ollie Robinson: ECB has no room for error in investigation, says Jonathan Agnew

Ollie Robinson: ECB has no room for error in investigation, says Jonathan Agnew

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The events that overshadowed England’s drawn first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s were bitterly disappointing.

To learn that historical racist and sexist tweets were posted by Ollie Robinson, on the day he was making his Test debut and after he and his England team-mates had lined up in T-shirts displaying anti-discrimination slogans, was all rather surreal.

All this at a time when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been facing claims from former umpires John Holder and Ismail Dawood, and Yorkshire are investigating allegations of racism from their former spinner Azeem Rafiq.

Robinson is now 27. He posted the tweets in 2012 and 2013 when he was aged 18 and 19. To know his back story is to know that he was a teenager with his own issues.

Not long after he made the social media posts in question he was sacked by Yorkshire for “unprofessional behaviour”.

Still, the ECB must go further to do the due diligence on the players who are selected to represent the country.

And that…

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