Pietersen to face action after Twitter tirade

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/k/kp.jpg' class='caption'> Kevin Pietersen is to face disciplinary action over his foul-mouthed Twitter tirade following his dropping from the England T20 and one-day squads.

Updated: September 04, 2010 16:30 IST
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Kevin Pietersen is to face disciplinary action over his foul-mouthed Twitter tirade following his dropping from the England Twenty20 and one-day squads.

Pietersen, never before axed when fit from England duty in a four-year internatonal career, pre-empted Tuesday's official announcement by the England and Wales Cricket (ECB) that he'd been left out for the upcoming limited overs matches against Pakistan by several hours, with a post on social networking site Twitter.

That would not have endeared the South Africa-born batsman to the England management in any event.

But the 30-year-old Pietersen, man of the tournament during England's victorious World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean earlier this year, told his followers: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.

"It's a f*** up."

England coach Andy Flower said Friday he'd accepted Pietersen's explanation it was an honest mistake - the former England captain thought he was 'texting' a small number of friends when in fact he was announcing his omission to the world.

"He has (spoken to me). He says he made a bit of a mistake, and I'll take him at his word," Flower said after an England training session in Cardiff.

"But still there'll be a disciplinary hearing about that, because we can't have situations like that happening."

Earlier this season Yorkshire's Azeem Rafiq was banned for one month following the former England Under-19 captain's axing from an age-group side.

However, there appeared to be more deliberation in Rafiq's remarks and Flower said it was unfair to compare the two cases although he accepted there was a possibility Pietersen could be banned.

"I didn't connect it at all with that," said Flower, when considering both incidents.

"But yes, it is important to be consistent."

The ECB have been reported to be considering a Twitter ban but Flower said: "We want to allow the players to use that form of the media, if that's what they choose to.

"But with that freedom comes responsibility, so they've got to use it responsibly." 

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