YORKSHIRE have sacked bowling all-rounder Oliver Robinson for what they describe as “a number of unprofessional actions”.
Kent-born Robinson’s contract as a junior pro at Headingley has been terminated with immediate effect, although there has been interest in his services from a couple of other counties.
The 20-year-old, who debuted for Yorkshire in one-day cricket last year, has played seven times in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast, taking six wickets with his seamers, mainly utilised at the end of an innings.
It is understood that second- team regular Robinson has been dismissed for an accumulation of offences which, while not deemed to be major in isolation, have tested Yorkshire’s patience.
Robinson, the son of England assistant coach Paul Farbrace’s partner Sandra, has played league cricket this summer for Bradford League side Lightcliffe as well as occasionally for Kent club Sidcup.
A club statement read: “The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have announced that Oliver Robinson’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect due to a number of unprofessional actions. No further comment will be made.”
Speaking late last month, White Rose team-mate Jack Brooks said of Robinson: “I remember on pre-season tour in one of our practice games, I can’t remember whether it was between ourselves or a local Sri Lankan side, he just straightaway got his yorkers in at the end of the innings.
“Me and Ryan Sidebottom said ‘we have to practice for weeks to get them like that’. If he’s getting them in straightaway, it shows he must be a skillful cricketer.
He’s like your modern young cricketer, he bats, bowls and fields.”
Meanwhile, Robinson’s club team-mate at Lightcliffe, Moin Ashraf will play in today’s one-day friendly against Sri Lanka A at Headingley as the fast bowler bids to put a disruptive season behind him.
Alex Lees will captain a Yorkshire team without rested senior players such as Andrew Gale, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Brooks.