Finger-gate: Twitter ban for Indian players

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Published: Monday, January 9, 2012, 12:44 [IST]
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'Finger gesture' causes ban on Twitter

Sydney, Jan 9: In the wake of the Finger-gate episode, Indian Team management has banned the usage of Twitter and other social networking sites especially during the tour of Australia as the tweets from cricketers can cause a storm and can further complicate the issue leading to more controversies.

The recent ban on the usage of social networking sites, comes in the wake of Virat Kohli's obscene finger gesture last week during the Sydney Test after he was abused by spectators.

Kohli had tweeted saying, "I agree cricketers don't have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I've heard," Kohli said on his Twitter account after the incident.

Following the finger gesture, he was fined 50% of the match fee by the International Cricket Council as he was charged with a Level 2 offence under article 2.2.8 of the code which relates to using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, support personnel, match referee or any third person during an International match.

Supposedly, his finger gesture and his tweet regarding the same has not gone well with other players in the team and the management, as it provoked many including one from the England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who replied " Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!"

The conversation continued as Kohli tweeted again saying "Never heard crap like that EVER". This has indeed raised quite a few eyebrows, as it caused a storm and this piece of information becoming very sensational.

Due to this episode, following the humiliating loss to Australia, Team management wants to ensure that the series gets over without any controversies as the previous one during its tour Down Under was marred by controversies.


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