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ECB to lay down Twitter rules for English players

After several high profile England players have published inappropriate messages on Twitter, new rul

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is likely to lay down ground rules in the English players' contracts on the use of Twitter, the board's managing director Hugh Morris said on Sunday.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show, Morris said the rules for publishing messages on the microblogging site will be set before the players leave for the Ashes series in Australia this winter.

He said that the ECB and the Professional Cricketers' Association are yet to arrive at the specific terms for Twitter usage.

In recent weeks, right-hand batsman Kevin Pietersen was dropped from the one-day team and fined an undisclosed sum for writing abusive messages on Twitter.

Hampshire County Cricket Club player Dimitri Mascarenhas was also fined £1000 by his county for his tweet against national selector Geoff Miller.

Twitter is a good medium for players to connect with their fans and supporters, Morris said. "With freedom of speech comes responsibility. It must be used that way," he added.