Cricket Australia Removes Controversial Tweet After Being Strongly Criticised, England Demands Explanation

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 5, 2013 2:39 PM EST

Cricket Australia's controversial tweet caused severe criticism on the social media. CA eventually apologised for their 'mistake' and removed the tweet.

It was banter on English cricketer Monty Panesar as CA posted an image of four turban-clad men from the Sikh community. It was captioned: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?" Panesar, by the way, has Indian origin and sports a turban which is a common practice among people from the Sikh community. The tweet, which came on the opening day of the Adelaide test between England and Australia, turned out to have a racist flavour with it.

@CricketAus is the official Twitter account of the Australian Cricket Board. Such a tweet from an official source stirred up huge controversy. Former English captain Michael Vaughan reacted to the tweet and called the comment 'awful.' Cricket Australia's tweet was rather baffling as they earlier sacked the PA announcer at Alice Springs for introducing Panesar with a fake Indian accent. Soon after, they posted an apparently demeaning tweet involving the same cricketer.

CA was prompt to apologise after their tweet was strongly criticised. Even England demanded an explanation. CA removed the tweet and apologised, saying that they were sorry for any offence which their tweet might have caused. They did not intend to do that, they wrote. Their intention apparently was to point out that every man from the Sikh community look the same. Their so-called sense of humour worked against them this time.

Panesar was a star in England's previous game against the Chairman's XI just a few days back, which played a significant role in his comeback to the team for the second test. He has been included in the team as the second spin blower.

England may like to forget the first test in the on-going Ashes series against Australia as they were convincingly defeated. Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne earlier predicted that Adelaide could be England's last chance to get back in the series [Read Here]. Meanwhile, Australia's sledging seems to continue off the field as well.

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