Pietersen pays the penalty for Twitter blast

KEVIN PIETERSEN was one of two cricketers fined for their foul-mouthed Tweeting yesterday.

Pietersen was fined an undisclosed amount following an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary meeting at Lord’s and Hampshire have acted swiftly to force their captain Dimitri Mascarenhas to pay £1,000.

Pietersen inadvertently broke the news last week that he was to be dropped from England’s limited-overs squad to face Pakistan, several hours before the list of names was officially announced.

He told followers of his Twitter feed: “Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20, and dropped from the T20 side too. It’s a f***-up ...”

Pietersen’s uncouth faux pas followed a similar one in July from former England U19s captain Azeem Rafiq, who was fined £500 and banned from all cricket for a month.

It preceded a third unfortunate Tweet from Mascarenhas on Sunday, whose followers received a rant from the ex-England all-rounder about national selector Geoff Miller.

England coach Andy Flower travelled from his team’s current base in Cardiff – where they will face Pakistan in a NatWest International Twenty20 later today – to attend Pietersen’s hearing in London. Hugh Morris, managing director – England Cricket, was also present.

An ECB statement read: “The hearing considered two charges against Kevin Pietersen relating to recent comments made on Twitter following his omission from England’s one-day squad for the NatWest Series against Pakistan.

“Pietersen pleaded guilty to both charges and offered an unreserved apology to ECB and the England team management for his actions.

“The hearing considered his comments to be prejudicial to the interests of Team England and ECB and a significant breach of the England player conditions of employment.

“He has been fined an undisclosed sum in accordance with the terms and conditions of his England central contract.”


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