Pietersen Fined for Criticizing Cricket Commentator on Twitter

England batsman Kevin Pietersen was fined an undisclosed sum for comments he made on Twitter about television commentator Nick Knight, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

The governing body held a disciplinary hearing yesterday after Pietersen criticized the Sky Sports commentator, a former England opener, during the first Test against the West Indies by writing “Can somebody please tell me how Nick Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for the Tests?? Ridiculous.”

The cricket board said in a statement it imposed the fine, part suspended for 12 months, after finding that the comments were “prejudicial to the interests of the ECB and a breach of the England player conditions of employment.”

In January, Sky Sports agreed a new four-year deal to broadcast live international and domestic cricket in England from 2014-2017.

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