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Sep 13, 2010

England cricket bosses to crack down on tweeters

ECB (England Cricket Board) chiefs have vowed to get tough with players who "overstep the mark" on micro-blogging site Twitter following a thread of controversies in recent weeks.

ECB managing director Hugh Morris told the BBC that officials were drawing up rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the kind of incidents that landed Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas in hot water.

England star Pietersen was fined an undisclosed sum after posting a tirade on Twitter in response to his omission from England's one-day squad.

Hampshire captain Mascarenhas was ordered to pay 1,000 pounds by his county after lambasting national selector Geoff Miller on the site.

Morris said the ECB would seek to include rules about the use of Twitter in future player contracts.

"Twitter is potentially a really good medium for players to get closer to supporters, fans of the England team, people who look at them as role models, but with that freedom of speech comes responsibility and it needs to be used in that way," Morris told BBC's 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"Those two players in particular overstepped the mark and they've been punished for it," he added.

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