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Twitter ban at ICC World Cup

With days to go before the start of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the International Cricket Council has announced a blanket ban on all Twitter posts by players and team officials on match days.

As it is, players are not allowed to use their phones on match days but that rule has now been extended to team officials as well. The ICC says the move was not precipitated by a particular incident but was agreed on to prevent allegations of match fixing.

Cricket betting these days frequently revolves around “exotic” bets, such as when a no-ball would be bowled or how many wides would be given away in an over. An ill-timed tweet could open a team manager up to speculation at best and allegations of corruption at worst.

It seems the best tweeting cricket fans can hope for in the coming weeks is for coaches to comment on the performance of any other team but their own.

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