Haq sent home for race-related tweet

Scotland's leading wicket-taker vents frustration to axing on social media

Scotland allrounder Majid Haq has been thrown out of the World Cup for posting a race-related tweet after being dropped from yesterday’s match against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Winless Scotland will face Australia in their final match of the tournament on Saturday, also in Hobart.

Haq, who is Scotland's leading ODI bowler with 60 wickets and also boasts three half-centuries to his name, had played in his team's four previous matches, taking three wickets and making a top score of 31 against Afghanistan.

"Always tougher when your in the minority!! #colour #race" tweeted the 32-year-old, who was born in Scotland and is of Pakistani descent.

The post was later deleted.

"Following a breach of Cricket Scotland's internal code of conduct, international team member, Majid Haq, is travelling home from the ICC World Cup," a statement from the Scottish board said.

"No further statement will be issued until internal processes have been completed in due course."

According to BBC Sport, Haq took a flight home from Melbourne on Tuesday, before also posting on his Twitter account: "Make sure everybody in your 'boat' is rowing and not drilling holes when you're not looking. Know your circle."