Mascarenhas Fined And Banned For Twitter Outburst
Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas will miss the first two weeks of the 2011 county season after he was fined and banned for 14 days for his recent outburst on Twitter.
Earlier this month, Mascarenhas was handed a £1000 fine by his county for tweeting derogatory comments about national selector Geoff Miller.
Mascarenhas pleaded guilty and apologised for his actions at a disciplinary hearing convened by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
"The panel ordered Mascarenhas to be suspended from all cricket under ECB jurisdiction for a period of 14 days from the first day of his county’s competitive county cricket programme in 2011, and ordered him to pay £500 towards the costs of the hearing," a statement on the ECB's website (www.ecb.co.uk) read.
"The panel considered this to be a serious breach of the regulations, particularly given his status as a senior cricketer and club captain. It took account of the fine of £1,000 already imposed by Hampshire."
Mascarenhas's England team-mate Kevin Pietersen was also recently fined by the ECB for using the microblogging site to vent his frustrations having been left out of England's ODI squad to play Pakistan.
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