Moeen Ali backs Ollie Robinson after ban for historic tweets, commends ECB for 'good' punishment

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Jul 5, 2:08 PM

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has thrown his support behind the beleaguered pacer Ollie Robinson, who has faced a ban after his historic ‘racist and sexist’ tweets resurfaced online. Ali said that Robinson has always been a nice guy and he has paid for his mistake in the form of a ban and that he should be allowed to move on in life and career.

"Of course I would welcome him back. I have only known him for a short period but he seems a very nice guy and I get on really well with him. I am sure he has learnt from his mistakes. He has done his time in terms of the ban. I think everybody makes mistakes - you forgive, forget, carry on with life and try and move on,” Moeen Ali said.

However, he did not criticise the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for banning him and said that the decision was a sufficient and right response from the board.

"I thought the ECB did the right thing pulling him out of the Test series and I think [the punishment is sufficient], that the right thing has been done. Regardless of the length of the punishment, the fact there was punishment was good,” Ali added.

He expected players coming through the ranks to take Robinson’s case as a reference and be responsible in what messages they send on social media.

"It's all about looking forward now and how you can't get away with these kinds of things, that things need to change and people need to change. Even as a young player coming through the county circuit, you have to be careful with things you tweet. There are loads of things that will come out of this and hopefully for the good in the future,” Ali added.

Robinson made an impressive debut against New Zealand at Lord’s before he was banned by the ECB. The ban has now been lifted and the pacer from Sussex can come back into the England side starting the series against India.

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