Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says the England and Wales Cricket Board “has gone over the top” in suspending bowler Ollie Robinson for historic racist and sexist tweets.
The posts from 2012 and 2013 have been revealed whereas Robinson was making his England debut in the course of the drawn first Test in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s.
Robinson, 27, has been dropped for the second Test, which begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Dowden requested the ECB to “think again”.
Dowden mentioned the tweets have been “offensive and wrong” however “also a decade old and written by a teenager”.
The tweets, posted when Robinson was aged 18 and 19, got here to mild on Wednesday afternoon, whereas he was on the sphere.
After play, he apologised, saying he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed”.
“I am sorry, and I have certainly learned my lesson today,” he mentioned. “I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should decide whether or not Robinson was contracted on the time of the tweets, which cowl a interval when he left Kent and joined Yorkshire.
If he didn’t have a contract, the investigation will probably be carried out by the ECB. If Robinson had a county contract on the time, the Cricket Discipline Commission, which is impartial of the ECB, will perform the investigation.
At the conclusion of the match on Sunday, England captain Joe Root mentioned the tweets have been “not acceptable”.
“Ollie had has made a huge mistake,” Root instructed BBC Test Match Special. “He fronted up to the dressing room and the rest of the world, and he’s very remorseful.”
Robinson returned match figures of 7-101 and scored 42 in his solely innings in opposition to New Zealand.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan instructed BBC Sport: “He has got to go away, learn and educate himself – and become a better person for it.
“In phrases of what he has delivered on the cricket subject, he’s a Test-match participant. He will definitely be again taking part in Test cricket.”
On the morning his tweets were shared online, England shared a ‘moment of unity’ with the tourists, with Root’s side wearing T-shirts carrying messages of anti-discrimination.
“It’s a lesson to everybody within the sport,” added Root. “More must be achieved, that continued schooling and studying about how you can behave in society and inside our sport.
“We’ve started doing a lot of good work as a team and we’ll continue to do that. We want to make the game as inclusive and diverse as we possibly can and we’ll continue to keep looking at finding ways to make that possible.”