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KP fined over Twitter rant

2012-05-24 07:48

Nottingham - Kevin Pietersen was fined an "undisclosed sum" by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday following a Twitter attack on former England batsman Nick Knight.

Last week, England batting star Pietersen took to Twitter to question the credentials of Knight, who averaged just 23.96 in 17 Tests with one hundred, as a Test match commentator for Sky Sports.

"Can someone please tell me how Nick Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for the Tests? Ridiculous," said Pietersen, who has 20 Test hundreds to his credit.

The ECB held a disciplinary hearing Wednesday, with managing director Hugh Morris and team director Andy Flower present, and opted to impose an undisclosed fine on Pietersen, part suspended for 12 months.

Pietersen's comments about Knight were especially sensitive, as Sky agreed in January a new four-year deal to show live international and county cricket believed to be worth at least 260 million - the ECB's main source of income.

An ECB statement statement said: "Kevin Pietersen today (Wednesday) attended a disciplinary hearing convened by Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket and Andy Flower, England team director.

"The hearing considered recent comments made by Pietersen on Twitter to be prejudicial to the interests of the ECB and a breach of the England player conditions of employment in relation to clauses regarding public statements.

"Pietersen has been fined an undisclosed sum, part of which has been suspended for 12 months, in accordance with the terms and conditions of his England central contract."

Morris, himself a former international batsman, is wary of Twitter, once labelling its use by England players as "like giving a machine gun to a monkey".

Pietersen had previously run into trouble with the England management regarding Twitter after using the site to announce he'd been dropped from a one-day squad.

But Pietersen, speaking before this disciplinary hearing, said Tuesday he would not stop using Twitter.

"No, not at all, no. I won't stop tweeting, no."

The second Test between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge - in which Pietersen is expected to play - starts on Friday with England 1-0 up in the three-match series following a five-wicket win at Lord's concluded Monday.

AFP

Comments
  • stephen.eriksenmiller - 2012-05-24 08:01

    This idiot just doesn't know when to shut his big mouth. I'm embarrassed to say that I went to the same school as him. I'm really glad he decided to pursue his cricketing ambitions in England, otherwise we might have had to put up with his bullsh@t.

      Topsy - 2012-05-24 08:17

      yeah, 2nd time this has happened now. he swore on twitter in 2010. Ban him! SA bowlers are gonna put him in his place!

      Gunner - 2012-05-24 09:30

      The same can be said about some of supersport commentators...Jackass and co.

      Inky - 2012-05-24 15:20

      Stephen. Are you embarrassed that his name will appear on the school’s honour board as one of the best cricketers in world cricket? And your name is where?

  • Roy - 2012-05-24 08:37

    Thank God that this ass---e is an ex South African. Hope he is in the team when we play them,England,so that we can show them who is the better team

  • kritzinger - 2012-05-24 08:40

    It's like giving a child up for adoption, then wanting to reunite years later, only to find that he's a bit of a douchebag. Dodged a bullet :D

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-24 08:53

    Oops, there goes that confounded Twitter curse again ....

  • idris.nomani - 2012-05-24 08:53

    Come home KP...we have freedom of speech here!

      JacquesClaassen - 2012-05-24 09:12

      No we don't! Only Africans have freedom of speech and expression in this country, the rest of us have a muzzled expression

      Roy - 2012-05-24 09:52

      We definitely do not and a case in point is this Zuma painting. Only blacks can say and destroy as they want to.

      Nicholas - 2012-05-24 11:56

      Yes, freedom of speech if it conforms to the PC handbook ..

  • JacquesClaassen - 2012-05-24 09:00

    Not the biggest KP fan, but two questions; 1. He does have a point 2. Why can players (Of All Sports) not say anything when something bothers them. In rugby you can't even say the ref missed something and you'll get a fine, even the commentators have been fined in the past. Like I said, I don't like him but he has a point!

      Gunner - 2012-05-24 09:33

      Well said Jacques.. something the likes of Stephen and co dont seem to understand.

      Hugh - 2012-05-24 10:02

      So does being an average cricketer make you a bad commentator? Most ex sportsman cant string two coherent sentences together but can bat like demons. KP a case in point. The guy is an egotist with an identity crises. Would he make a good commentator? Maybe I'm one who doesn't understand either.

      Mike - 2012-05-24 13:43

      I do watch the Sky Sports commentary and I do get the impression the other commentators aren't overly impressed with Nick Knight. He seems to like to be controversial to make a name for himself. However I don't agree that you have to be a top class player to be a good commentator. Take David Lloyd for example. I think he is great and very amusing too but he wasn't a great cricketer either. He also played only a couple of tests.

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-05-24 09:33

    Its clear that he's just looking for a way outta England, behave seun u don't wana come here or else u'll have to take up golf as a proffession.

  • Terence - 2012-05-24 11:40

    He has made a silly childish comment and has been treated accordingly with a slap on the wrist (suspended sentence). Doubtless it will not be the last time we hear from KP on the social networks which is a pity.

  • caleb.moyce - 2012-05-25 22:06

    I have to agree with KP on this 1! Nick knight hasn't done anything of note in cricket and his international statistics aren't much to be proud of. ECB should be fined...lol

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