Cricket Australia apologises for Panesar tweet

Last updated 15:42 05/12/2013

Relevant offers

Cricket

Australia's Channel Nine urged to step away from cricket broadcasting Pakistan take series lead with victory in the first test against West Indies Brian Lara suggests end to test draws to revive crowds Neil Wagner and Essex teammates show sportsmanship in withdrawing run-out appeal Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson earn call-ups to New Zealand squad for Champions Trophy Colin de Grandhomme takes three wickets in record IPL performance Man of the match effort from Mitchell McClenaghan sets up Mumbai win in IPL Brendon McCullum claims orange cap as Gujarat Lions knock over Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL Brendon McCullum's new bat named Coup Ray after $12,000 auction bid for naming rights Mitchell McClenaghan gets the 'Big Show' treatment in the IPL

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.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content