England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has been granted permission to play cricket with immediate effect on Saturday. The suspension imposed on him for his discriminatory tweet is complete. He will be available for the five-Test series against India.
Robinson was also fined £3,200. The Cricket Disciplinary Commission, an independent panel, heard the matter on June 30. In a statement, the ECB said, “Robinson acknowledged the violation of ECB guidelines 3.3 and 3.4 regarding several abusive tweets made between 2012 and 2014. At that time he was 18 and 20 years old.
“After the hearing on June 30, the panel decided to impose a suspension of eight matches, of which five would be suspended for two years,” it said.
The panel counted Robinson’s suspension from the England team and the Vitality Blast’s two matches. After that he was allowed to play. The panel was chaired by Mark Milliken Smith while Claire Taylor and Anurag Singh were its two members.
Robinson said, ‘I am sorry about those tweets and have apologized. This was the most difficult time for me and my family in my professional career. I want to move beyond this and help others with my experience. The five-Test series between India and England will begin on August 4.