England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has been charged with racist tweet. Robinson has been suspended pending an investigation.
Mumbai, June 8 : England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has been charged with racist tweet. Robinson has been suspended pending an investigation. Robinson has had to pay the price for a tweet he made 8-9 years ago after his debut international. But this is the first time in the history of cricket that a gentleman’s game has been tainted by racist criticism.
– Colin Croft, the great West Indies player, was thrown off a train during the 1983 tour of South Africa. Colin Croft had boarded a white train in Cape Town, so he was thrown out. The incident tarnished the image of the South African government, which had organized the West Indies-South Africa series to improve its image. The incident was also linked to Mahatma Gandhi, as he too was thrown off a train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, because of color.
– Harbhajan Singh was also accused of racist remarks during a tour of Australia in 2008, but was later found unfit. Australia’s Andrew Symonds has accused Harbhajan of calling him a monkey during the Sydney Test. After this, match referee Mike Proctor banned Harbhajan for 3 matches. India also threatened to cancel the tour of Australia over the dispute. Sachin Tendulkar came forward to defend Harbhajan. The match referee later reversed his decision and the racist allegations against Harbhajan Singh were dropped.
– In 2006, South African cricketer Hashim Amla was also criticized for being racist. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones called Amla a terrorist while commenting. Amla had Sangakkara’s excellent catch in the Test against Sri Lanka. After this, Jones had said in his commentary that he was caught by the terrorist Amla. Following this comment, he was removed from the commentary panel and later had to apologize.
– England all-rounder Moeen Ali had accused Australian players of racism during the 2015 Ashes series. Moin Ali claimed that the Australian cricketer called him Osama, but did not name the Australian. Moin Ali described the incident as the most unfortunate of his career.
– Former Pakistan all-rounder Sarfaraz Ahmed had made racist remarks against South Africa’s Andile Fehlukwayo. There was a big controversy after Sarfaraz’s voice was captured on camera. Sarfaraz Fehlukwayo was called black while keeping the wicket.
– Ahmed Shahajad of Pakistan was in trouble over controversial advice given to Tilakratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka. Ahmed Shehzad had told Dilshan that if he converted to Islam, he would go to heaven. After Dilshan objected to Shahzad’s statement, Ahmed said, “Then be ready for fire.”
– Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy also made a shocking revelation that he used to be called a racist while playing for Hyderabad in the IPL. Sammy did not name any cricketer, but Ishant Sharma’s old Instagram post went viral after his claim. In this photo, Ishant had referred to Sammy as black.
– Mohammad Siraj, who was standing on the boundary for fielding during Team India’s tour of Australia, also had to face racist criticism. Siraj had accused some of the spectators of racist remarks against him, after which the match was suspended for some time. Team India had also lodged an official complaint in the matter.