Cricket Australia apologises for Panesar tweet

Last updated 15:42 05/12/2013

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Cricket Australia has apologised for referencing England spinner Monty Panesar with a photo it tweeted of four bearded men wearing turbans.

CA posted the picture - taken from Instagram - on its official Twitter account late Thursday morning, day one of the second Ashes test in Adelaide, with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up".

The men were dressed in bright purple, red, green and yellow clothes, depicting children's TV characters the Teletubbies.

The tweet sparked claims of racism and CA promptly deleted the post.

"We apologise for any offence caused by our earlier tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed," it wrote.

English CNN presenter Piers Morgan, an avid cricket follower, was among those on Twitter to denounce the photo.

"Will someone please get fired for this?" Morgan posted as he retweeted the photo.

Later, he added: "I see (at)cricketaus has now deleted that (at)MontyPanesar tweet. Very wise. Casual racism is not 'banter'."

Last weekend, a stadium announcer at the England tour match against a CA Chairman's XI in Alice Springs was fired after using a mock Indian accent to let the crowd know when Panesar was coming onto the ground.

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