Ravi Ashwin reacts as England suspend Ollie Robinson over offensive tweets

India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin says he feels ‘genuinely sorry’ for Ollie Robinson after England suspended the bowler over offensive historic tweets.

Robinson was making his England debut against New Zealand at Lord’s when his racist and sexists tweets – posted in 2012 and 2013 – resurfaced.

In a statement released during the Test, Robinson apologised ‘unreservedly’ and insisted he is ‘ashamed’ of the tweets and is ‘not racist or sexist’.

On Sunday evening, the 27-year-old – who took seven wickets and scored 42 runs during the drawn Lord’s Test – was suspended from international cricket pending an investigation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The decision means Robinson will miss the second Test against New Zealand, which starts on Thursday, and Ashwin has expressed his sympathy for the bowler.

‘I can understand the negative sentiments towards what Ollie Robinson did years ago, but I do feel genuinely sorry for him being suspended after an impressive start to his Test career,’ Ashwin tweeted.

‘This suspension is a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media Gen.’

I can understand the negative sentiments towards what #OllieRobinson did years ago, but I do feel genuinely sorry for him being suspended after an impressive start to his test career. This suspension is a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media Gen.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the ECB has gone ‘over the top’ in suspending Robinson, urging the organisation to ‘think again’.

‘Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong,’ he said. ‘They are also a decade old and written by a teenager.

‘The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.’

After England drew the opening Test against New Zealand, captain Joe Root said Robinson’s tweets were ‘not acceptable’.

‘Ollie has made a huge mistake,’ Root said. ‘He fronted up to the dressing room and the rest of the world, and he’s very remorseful.’

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