Mascarenhas to be suspended for twitter outburst

Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 12:42 [IST]
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ECB to suspend Mascarenhas

English Cricketer Dmitri Mascarenhas has been handed a two-week ban, starting next season by the England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) for his twitter outburst against national selector Geoff Miller.

Mascarenhas, who was earlier fined 1,000 British pounds by his County team Hampshire, also have to pay £500 in costs for the hearing.

An ECB cricket discipline commission panel, comprising Gerard Elias QC, Ricky Needham and Matthew Wheeler levelled two charges against Mascarenhas and ordered punishment.

The Hampshire captain pleaded guilty to both the charges at a Cricket Discipline Commission panel and apologised unreservedly for his actions.

"The charges were that there had been a breach of ECB directives by a personal attack in a public statement about England national selector Geoff Miller, and also by bringing the game into disrepute by that public statement," an ECB statement said.

"The panel considered this to be a serious breach of the regulations, particularly given his status as a senior cricketer and club captain. It took account of the fine of £1,000 already imposed by Hampshire," it added.

Mascarenhas had recently wrote on his Twitter page: "Geoff Miller is a complete k**b. He had no clue what he is doing. Fing p***k. Chairman of selectors came to Liverpool and didn't even come and say hi...What a p***k. Doesn't take much to say hello, does it."

Mascarenhas, who is currently sidelined by injury, later claimed he had written the posts after a night out and described the actions as "stupid".


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