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 obviously tested Yorkshire’s patience to breaking point.
Robinson, the son of England assistant coach Paul Farbrace’s partner Sandra, has played league cricket this summer primarily 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 were like ‘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.
Fast bowler Ashraf has not played a first-team match in any format this season.
"Moin missed cricket at the start with a hamstring injury,” said Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
“He got back playing and was doing ok, then he was ill and didn't play for a week. His uncle then died, so he missed another week. It's been a stop, start season for him. Hopefully he can play until the end of the season now.
"He's had two frustrating years really, and he needs to play some continuous cricket to get into rhythm and form.
"It gives us an opportunity to have a look at some of the lads who haven't been playing first-team cricket. They're a good team, Sri Lanka A, and it will be good for us to judge the lads currently out of the first team against them.”
Yorkshire 12-man squad v Sri Lanka A: Lees c, Ashraf, Callis, Coad, R Gibson, Hodd w, Hodgson, Leaning, Lyth, Rashid, Wainman, Waite.