The major counties in England all issued a warning to their players at the start of the season against the dangers of using social media, but it would appear for one Sussex spinner, the message has not quite got through. Ashar Zaidi is not the first, however, nor will he be the last.
Zaidi is facing disciplinary action from his county after posting a foul-mouthed tweet against an umpiring decision. Umpire Nigel Long raised the finger after Zaidi was caught behind for just 18 runs off the bowling of Jamie Overton to top off a miserable few days for Sussex.
Zaidi has since deleted the offending tweet, but it has nonetheless come to the attention of the Sussex board, who are understandably far from pleased with the bowler’s antics. The county’s director of cricket Mark Robinson told The Telegraph that Zaidi’s actions were wrong 'whether or not it was a good or bad decision'.
Thankfully for Zaidi, Robinson has far more pressing issues to be dealing with after Somerset eased to victory in the County Championship match, needing very little of Day Four to finish off Sussex, who were all out for 219 after following on. The victory by an innings and 11 runs, though, has been pushed aside somewhat after much of the after-match talk was about Zaidi, who of course is not the first cricketer to get himself into trouble on Twitter.
Dimitri Mascheranas has also slammed the ECB in the past, this time targeting selector Geoff Miller – even though the Hampshire all-rounder was out with an Achilles problem at the time. He was fined a total of £1500 by his county and the ECB and banned for the opening two weeks of the season.
Ryan Harris – Warner’s compatriot similarly came unstuck on a drunken night out, when he took to the internet against his better judgement. Australia’s fortunes had improved considerably, though, as Harris bemoaned a nightclub who refused him entry while the side were out celebrating clinching the winter Ashes once the series hit 3-0.
David Warner - When punching youthful England batsmen in Birmingham bars just wasn’t enough, Twitter was there for Aussie bad-boy David Warner, who launched a stinging attack on two of his nation’s most reputed cricket writers, whom he told to “get a real job” – while failing miserably on the pitch in the 2013 Summer Ashes.
Kevin Pietersen - It will come as no surprise that Pietersen had few kind words to say about former England coach Andy Flower, who was instrumental in the South African born batsman’s imposed exile from international cricket.
His most notable rant, however, came as far back as 2010, when all was clearly not well in his relationship with Flower, even then. Upon hearing he had not made the England squad for their upcoming matches against Pakistan, KP decided to broadcast the news – and a number of expletives – to the world.
The rift between the two men was apparently healed after Pietersen apologised, but he still received a hefty fine, and damaging his rapport with Flower was evidently an unwise move.
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