Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haq has been sent home from the Cricket World Cup after posting a race-related tweet.
After not being selected for his side’s 148-run defeat by Sri Lanka in Hobart, he tweeted: “Always tougher when you’re in the minority! #colour #race” the post has since been deleted. Off-spinner Haq, 32, has taken 60 one-day international wickets. Haq was born in Scotland of Pakistani descent, he also scored three ODI half-centuries and opened the batting during the 2007 World Cup. However, Haq has struggled to make an impression at the 2015 tournament, which is taking place in Australia and New Zealand. He has collected just three wickets in four matches, while his best score with the bat is 31, made against fellow associate nation Afghanistan.
Scotland have lost all five of their matches – against New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – and have just one game remaining, against Australia in hobart on 14 March.
Haq took a flight home from Melbourn on Tuesday.
In the last 24 hours, he has also posted the following message on his Twitter account: “Make sure everybody in your ‘boat’ is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking. Know your circle