Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding believes that Ollie Robinson should not beryllium severely punished for his humanities racist and sexist tweets if an probe proves helium has changed his behaviour since then.
Ollie Robinson was suspended close aft the extremity of his Test debut - the archetypal Test of a 2-match bid betwixt England and New Zealand pending the results of a disciplinary probe into his posts. Robinson tendered an unconditional nationalist apology during the Test lucifer aft his tweets from 2012-13 resurfaced connected societal media.
Robinson apologised "unreservedly" for those tweets, which went viral connected societal media past week erstwhile helium made his trial debut against New Zealand astatine Lord's.
"(It was) eight, 9 years ago. Can the ECB find retired please, if beyond that time, Robinson has kept connected behaving similar that, saying things similar that, tweeting things similar that?" Holding told Sky Sports connected Tuesday.
"If helium has done thing similar that 9 years ago, and since past helium has learnt and done thing similar that and helium has changed his ways successful caller years, past I don't deliberation you should travel down excessively hard connected him."
Holding said the ECB had taken the close people of enactment by suspending the 27-year-old to analyse the matter.
"You don't let him to proceed playing portion an probe is going connected astatine the aforesaid time, due to the fact that if you find retired things that are horrible coming retired successful that investigation," helium said. "But bash it quickly, let's get it implicit with quickly."
The ECB has said it would instrumentality "relevant and due action" aft questions were raised publically astir humanities tweets from respective different players.
The committee is besides investigating a 2nd England subordinate for humanities "offensive" societal media posts, cricket website Wisden has reported.