Twitter ban for Team India after Virat Kohli's gesture

Virat Kohli had tweeted justifying his action against the SCG crowd Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jan 9,2012

The Indian team management has banned players from using Twitter and Facebook following Virat Kohli s offensive gesture to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) crowd and consequent outburst on popular networking site, Twitter.

Such a measure has been taken up by the team management to ensure that the issue doesn t get dragged more and no players are able to state any opinions that may cause any more bickering in the remaining Test matches.

Previously, Kohli had justified his actions of abusing the crowd on Twitter.

“I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I’ve heard,” Kohli had tweeted after the incident.

Kohli was charged with Level 2 offence under article 2.2.8 of the code which relates to “Using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person during an International Match”. He was also fined 50% of his match by ICC.

Even though the 23-year old batsman found support in England batsman Kevin Pietersen, none in the Indian team was happy with Kohli s actions.

Mid-DAY reported that the team management will not tolerate any such incidents in future.