Dimitri Mascarenhas banned for Twitter rant

Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 11:20 AM IST

London: England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has been handed a two-week suspension starting next season after pleading guilty to a Twitter outburst attacking national selector Geoff Miller.

"The panel considered this to be a serious breach of the regulations particularly given his status as a senior cricketer and club captain," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The injured Mascarenhas posted an expletive-filled message on the social networking site after the England squad for the Twenty20 internationals and one-day series against Pakistan was announced last month.

The 32-year-old, who has played 20 one-day internationals, pleaded guilty and apologised unreservedly for his actions.

He was also fined 500 pounds (USD 776) in addition to the 1000 pounds he was docked by his county Hampshire.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen was fined this month for a similar Twitter rant after he was dropped for the first time in his international career.

Bureau Report