Boris Johnson Joins Oliver Dowden in ECB Criticism of Ollie Robinson | England cricket team
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sports Minister Oliver Dowden have both slammed the England and Wales Cricket Council’s decision to suspend bowler Ollie Robinson from international cricket as he investigates offensive tweets historical records published in 2012 and 2013, with Dowden insisting the move was “overblown.”
Robinson excelled on his debut in England’s first Test against New Zealand, which ended in a draw on Sunday, winning seven wickets and scoring 42 in the opening innings, a total improved only by the centurion Rory Burns. Her performance was all the more impressive as it had played out in the midst of the controversy sparked by the tweets, rediscovered and widely disseminated as the game progressed on opening day. His suspension was announced on Sunday night, ruling him out of the second game which kicks off Thursday in Birmingham, and potentially beyond.
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and false,” Dowden tweeted. “They are also ten years old and are written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologized. The ECB has crossed the line by suspending it and should think again. “
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister made it clear that “the Prime Minister supports” Dowden’s position. “As he explained, these were comments made over ten years ago, written by someone when he was a teenager and for which he rightly apologized,” they said. declared. The spokesperson also declined to criticize supporters of the England football team who booed the players for taking the knee ahead of recent friendlies, insisting that “he respects the rights of those who want to demonstrate peacefully in this way “.
Dowden, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sports, has criticized many of the repercussions of the Black Lives Matter protests last year, particularly the removal of the slave merchant statues, and wrote to publicly funded museums last year. to clarify that he expected their “approach to issues of contested heritage to be consistent with the government’s position.” He also disagreed with the BBC’s decision to remove the comedy show Little Britain from its iPlayer streaming service, which creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas have apologized for for portraying black and other ethnic characters.
England head coach Chris Silverwood said on Sunday that the controversy had been “a stark reminder of the responsibilities we shoulder”, and that it was impossible to dismiss the tweets simply because of the weather. ‘has elapsed since their publication. “We are in this position now [of being in the public eye], “he said. There could be more embarrassment ahead for Silverwood and his accusations, with Wisden editions an anonymized racist tweet sent by a member of the current England squad at the age of 16.
“We all get it wrong sometimes,” said Silverwood. “It’s what we do and how we act. The desire of professional cricketers and staff is to make it an inclusive environment. We have to learn how to do this and make this game accessible to everyone. “
It was Silverwood who must have informed Robinson, as he left the field last Wednesday, of the unintended impact of his tweets. He said the 27-year-old was “devastated, embarrassed and very remorseful”.
“It was very disappointing,” said Silverwood. “What should have been one of the best days of Ollie’s career didn’t end well for him. It was disappointing for the group. He showed a lot of remorse, he apologized publicly. “He apologized to the locker room. I think that was a really big learning for him. The big thing for all of us is education.”
Test cricketer Michael Carberry, who made six appearances for England between 2010 and 2014, criticized the politicians’ intervention. “I think Oliver Dowden needs to come spend a day with me and live a day in my shoes, and a day in most of the BAME community’s places, and actually talk about a place of facts and right, ”he told Sky Sports. New.
Carberry, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “I don’t think this is an issue where you can rehabilitate someone. If it were up to me, Ollie Robinson wouldn’t be playing tryout cricket. Robinson talked about educating himself, but what is he talking about? I would be very interested to know. I am a black man and have never needed an education to talk to my white friends.
Robinson’s suspension will continue until a disciplinary investigation is concluded, although he remains free to play for Sussex. There is still some uncertainty as to who should conduct the investigation, which depends on the player’s contractual status at the time of the tweets’ publication: whether he was under contract with Kent, his County First Team, the Cricket Disciplinary Commission. will intervene, and if he was absent. of the contract, it will remain in the hands of the ECB’s integrity department.