Manoj Tiwary and KKR in controversy

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Updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 17:10 [IST]
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Kolkata, May 9: Manoj Tiwary and his team Kolkata Knight Riders have landed up in a controversy in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2013).

Batsman Tiwary was upset at being left out of the first 15-member team for the game against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday (May 7), had vented his ire on the micro blogging site Twitter on the same day.

Manoj Tiwary and KKR in controversy

However, Tiwary retracted on his tweet and said his account was hacked. But later it had emerged that it was indeed the cricketer himself who had written the comments after being ignored for selection by the owners and team management.

Tiwary, who has played for Indian in One Day Internationals, was upset that he was not in the top 15 for the game.

"2day is d worst day in my cricketin career.. Never ever gonna digest dis day all my life..", Tiwary had tweeted few hours before the start of the game at Wankhede. But he deleted this tweet after some time.

But later a clarification came from Tiwary.

"Hi frnds .. My twitter account was hacked, someone sent misleadin tweets about being my worst day etc. I'm perfectly fine !!!!"

The incident was confirmed by a senior KKR official to "Mail Today" newspaper on Wednesday (May 8). He added that Tiwary had stormed out of the team meeting after learning about his omission.

"We understand that Tiwary couldn't take the fact that he wasn't part of the team and stormed out of the meeting when he realised he wouldn't be travelling to the Wankhede Stadium with us, but then we are trying to pick the best possible players.

"It was a heat-of-the-moment act from him and we all know that he didn't mean any harm. It does happen when you lose calm and it has become a fashion to vent your anger on social media, but then, the team stands united. Also, we in KKR don't believe that players should be refrained from using any technology or the need to put any ban on them," a KKR official was quoted by the newspaper.

The report also quoted a source as saying that Tiwary did not get a satisfactory answer from captain Gautam Gambhir and coach Trevor Bayliss for the axing. Upset with this, Tiwary had a go at co-owner Jay Mehta.

"He wasn't offended that he didn't find a place in the playing XI. What irked him was that even the likes of Sumit Narwal, Paras Dogra, Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan ten Doeschate were considered to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

"Even then, he asked Gambhir and (coach) Trevor Bayliss about the decision taken and when he didn't get satisfactory answers, he stormed out of the meeting. And as the team was getting ready to leave for the ground, he vented his anger first at KKR co-owner Jay Mehta and then on Twitter," the source said.


Story first published:  Thursday, May 9, 2013, 16:30 [IST]
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