Cricket Australia has apologised after being criticised on social media for a clumsy joke involving England spinner Monty Panesar posted on Twitter during the opening day of the second Ashes Test.
A picture of four men wearing turbans posing in a corridor was posted on the governing body's Twitter feed:
The post drew a number of negative responses, including from former England captain Michael Vaughan who tweeted: "Awful from @CricketAus".
Cricket Australia behaves like a schoolmaster desperate to be one of the lads. Not the first time their social media guys have screwed up
— Martin Williamson (@mogodonman) December 5, 2013
Did Cricket Australia just tweet a picture of four Sikh men dressed as Teletubbies and compare them to Panesar? Really? — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) December 4, 2013
— Christopher Wright (@ChrisWright1985) December 5, 2013
Cricket Australia soon deleted the post and said:
We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 5, 2013
The gaffe follows the dismissal of a ground announcer during last week's tour match in Alice Springs between England and a Chairman's XI for allegedly introducing Panesar with a mock-Indian accent. The announcer later denied any wrongdoing.
Panesar, whose parents are of Indian heritage, was named in Alastair Cook's team as a second spinner along with Graeme Swann at Adelaide Oval.
Australia lead the five-Test series 1-0.