Yorkshire have sacked bowler Oliver Robinson for repeated breaches of discipline.
The county made only a brief statement on its official website, revealing, “Oliver Robinson’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect due to a number of unprofessional actions. No further comment will be made”.
Robinson was yet to play in a first-class County Championship match for the White Rose, but had taken six wickets from seven matches in the Natwest T20 Blast, in which the Vikings were narrowly knocked out of at the group stage.
The 20-year-old seamer, usually employed by Yorkshire as a death bowler, is the son of England assistant coach Paul Farbrace’s partner Sandra. The highlight of his short career was a brace in the county’s Roses match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie had previously hailed Robinson as one of the brightest young bowling talents in English cricket, but that opinion has evidently changed after a series of misdemeanours committed by the youngster, who began his career in the youth team at Kent, before relocating.
Although the Headingley board have chosen not to reveal the specific reasons behind the decision, his offences are believed to include repeatedly turning up late for training, lying over his whereabouts, and not travelling to matches with his team mates. While none of the offences are particularly serious in themselves, they have cumulated to make his position untenable.
Other counties come calling
Nonetheless, Robinson is widely tipped to find another county in the near future, with a section of fans directing their anger at Yorkshire for their handling of the matter. A number of Yorkshire’s rivals are already looking into hiring his services for next season.
Questions will once again be raised over young players’ treatment, though Robinson has reportedly been given several warnings as to his conduct, prior to being axed from the club altogether.
Embarrassing for Farbrace
Even if Robinson finds another club quickly, his sacking will undoubtedly prove an embarrassing blotch on his step-father Farbrace’s reputation.
Farbrace was instrumental in getting him into the Yorkshire side in the first place; Farbrace gave him a chance while in charge of Yorkshire’s second XI, before departing to take the reins as Sri Lanka coach, a role which saw him lift the T20 World Cup.
Yorkshire have had little time to dwell on the issue, facing a ‘Sri Lanka A’ side in a tour match, which began on Thursday. They will continue their season on Tuesday, playing Northants Steelbacks in the Royal London One-Day Cup.