England Cricketers: No Facebook or Twitter while on national duty

English cricketers look set to be banned from using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter while they are on national duty. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are planning on writing a clause in the new 2010-2011 contracts banning the use while on England duty.

Peter Hayter from the Daily Mail is reporting that the England management is worried dressing room secrets could become public, this is after the cases of Yorkshire players Tim Bresnan and Azeem Rafiq who where both found guilty of injudicious messaging.

Former England Under-19 captain Rafiq tweeted that coach John Abrahams was a “useless ******”. This got him a one month ban from all cricket and a £500 fine. Players like Graeme Swan, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen and Steve Finn have around 150,000 Tweeter followers between them, while Anderson and Swann have been conducting a private ratings battle.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association has argued that existing regulations are enough to deal with any future problems, but the ECB plans have the full backing of England captain Andrew Strauss.