Tendulkar bats for Robinson

Afp, New Delhi

16 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Tendulkar bats for Robinson

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said Tuesday England should allow Ollie Robinson to start playing again, after the fast bowler apologised following his suspension for historic racist and sexist tweets.

Robinson, 27, was suspended from the England team after the posts resurfaced earlier this month when he made his Test debut against New Zealand.

"We need to understand that he did that many, many years ago and he is sorry about it," Tendulkar told AFP.

"They left him out in the second Test in spite of doing well and he realises what he had done... he apologised and also said that this won't happen again," he said.

"We need to be fair to him and at some stage he should start playing," he added.

Robinson led England's attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord's and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat.

But he found himself making an apology after stumps on day one of the opening Test for tweets that included comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism and derogatory remarks about women and people of Asian heritage.

He took a short break and skipped two opening games last week for his county side Sussex to be with his family.