Former India and Lancashire wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer strongly feel that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is right to punish the seamer Ollie Robinson for his old racist and sexist tweets.
England seamer Ollie Robinson (Courtesy: AP)
- Ollie Robinson made an impressive Test debut against New Zealand last week
- The ECB has suspended Robinson for his old racist and sexist tweets
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not agreed with seamers suspension
Former India and Lancashire wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer strongly feels that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is right to punish the seamer Ollie Robinson for his old racist and sexist tweets.
Engineer, a Lancashire legend, is also surprised that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and sports minister Oliver Dowden had criticised the ECB on suspension of Robinson for-decade-old tweets.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Engineer said: “I am reading in the papers about Boris Johnson. I think it is absolute rubbish for a prime minister to lend his name to such a statement. Punish the fellow (Robinson). I think the ECB has done absolutely the right thing by suspending him. He has committed an error of judgment; he should pay for it. It will be a deterrent.”
Robinson made an impressive Test debut, bagged seven wickets, and scored 42 runs against New Zealand at the Lord’s last week. But his performance was overshadowed after his tweets from 2012-13 resurfaced on social media.
Robinson was suspended right after the first Test match. The 27-year-old has apologised “unreservedly” for those tweets, which went viral on social media last week.
Engineer recalls when he faced casual racism when he first moved to England in 1966-67. According to a Wisden report, Engineer wants the ECB to set an example of Robinson and the other unnamed England cricketer who allegedly made a racist tweet as a teenager.
On a recent podcast with stand-up comedian, TV anchor, and presenter Cyrus Broacha, Engineer talked about how former England opener Geoffrey Boycott was often heard saying ‘bloody Indians.’
Engineer believes that the narrative changed with Indian franchises now handing out million-dollar IPL contracts. Engineer is amused at how quickly foreign cricketers know which side of the bread is buttered. He guffaws at the ease with which players from around the world cozy up to Indian cricketers post-IPL.
“We were all ‘bloody Indians’ to them till a few years ago. Now once the IPL started, they are all licking our backsides. It amazes me that just because of the money, they are licking our boots now. But people like me know what their true colours were initially. Now they suddenly changed their tunes. India is a good country to go for a few months and do some television work, if not play and make money.”
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