8 Dec 2013

Cricket Australia apolgises over Panesar tweet

1:19 pm on 8 December 2013

Cricket Australia has apologised for linking the England spinner Monty Panesar with a photo it tweeted of four bearded men wearing turbans.

Cricket Australia posted the picture with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up".

The men were dressed in bright purple, red, green and yellow clothes, seemingly depicting children's TV characters the Teletubbies.

The tweet sparked claims of racism and Cricket Australia removed the post, apologising for any offence.

Last weekend, a stadium announcer at the England tour match in Alice Springs was sacked after using a mock Indian accent to let the crowd know when Panesar was coming onto the ground.