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Screenshot of Raina's tweet. - courtesy @CricMS

KARACHI: India's Suresh Raina has found himself in the midst of an embarrassing situation after a tweet demeaning the Pakistan cricket team appeared on his Twitter account.

"Ek do din late gaye ghar !!!! Woh bhi besharam ki tarah Gaye... Bye bye Pakistan!!!!" was tweeted by Raina's official Twitter account @ImRaina regarding Pakistan's World Twenty20 exit after losing to Sri Lanka in the semi-final.

The tweet was deleted after receiving a negative response from his followers and Raina posted an explanation the next day saying that it had been tweeted by his nephew.

"Smart phones r dangerous. Discovered it last night after my nephew posted random tweets. I'm a sportsman and would never disrespect."

"Though I already deleted it, I felt its better to clarify. To all those who r upset, I'm sorry. I'm not one to show disrespect," Raina tweeted.

However, his excuse has not been accepted widely and a parody account @raina_nephew has also been made.

India were knocked out of the World Twenty20 after the Super Eights stage as Pakistan and Australia progressed to the semi-finals.

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Oct 05, 2012 02:16pm
Who care even if it was his Nephew, it speaks loads about Anti Pakistan stance an average Indian carries
Oct 05, 2012 02:11pm
same is the case with us. the hate is mutual. you cant defend pakistanis that they dont hate indians.
Oct 05, 2012 02:09pm
well what justification will we give when we put deriding status' against india. freedom of speech i'd say, he's right on it.
Oct 05, 2012 01:46pm
shame on you Raina!
Oct 05, 2012 01:43pm
Instead of making lame excuses he should put a formal apology to the Pakistani team. Hoping that BCCI will take some action against such un-sportsmanship like behaviour.
RuthLess Guy
Oct 05, 2012 01:42pm
lol good excuse! BTW/ that then does show's the mentally of young generation of Indians and the hatred they have towards we Pakistan's
Oct 05, 2012 07:06pm
atleast we are not that young generation which come through see and fire on people having dinners in hotels and passangers on the trains...............
Oct 06, 2012 12:08pm
so what was happen when afridi say.....hindustanio ka dil bahut chota hota hai..........!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 05, 2012 10:07pm
What about the young Pakis wearing T-shirt with "Kohli ke baap" written on the back of it. I saw it on TV during the match. What mentality that shows about young Pakis. Raina is first an Indian then a cricket player and he has every right to write on his twitter...if you don't like it just ignore.
Oct 06, 2012 02:25pm
how old is ur nephew raina??? he is growing fast... :)
Oct 05, 2012 04:19pm
last time ABDUL REHMAN MALIK made a statement about your own team, this time RAINA made it so whats big deal ,get used to it. now its time for MOOLAH to declare a bounty on pakistani team who is worse than their womens team.
Oct 05, 2012 06:00pm
no pakistani player made those derisive remarks,a player representing his country is held to a higher standard!
Oct 05, 2012 06:09pm
one shud accept failure , raina shud b ashamd.........
Oct 05, 2012 06:10pm
Will BCCI and ICC take any action against Raina?
cricket supporter
Oct 05, 2012 06:13pm
It would be good if you restrict your ire to Raina... he doesn't represent Indians for God's sake. When Mohammad Aamer got Sachin out and shouted at Sachin like anything, we didn't say that entire Pakistan is rude and shameless.When Saeed Ajmal made fun of Sachin Tendulkar in Indian press media, we didn't say entire Pakistan hates Indians n Sachin. All I am trying to say is people like Raina, Ajmal don't represent the general perception of people on both sides of countries. Indians r least concerned abt Pakistanis excpet abt thr cricket encounters with India. You can consider it like we just don't have time to hate Pakistan.
Oct 06, 2012 04:54am
Very Embarrassing for an international player to be so much prejudiced.....instead of bringing some good between the people of india pakistan, you have fueled a very sensitive matter....shame on you raina for being so much biased and prejudiced..grow up
Oct 05, 2012 03:22pm
Oct 05, 2012 06:44pm
Rania, I was a big fan of you and I 'm not from Pakistan either. I am really disappointed with your lame excuse. Millions of cricket fans find it disrespecting. You are no longer my hero, you are just another zero in blue.
Oct 05, 2012 09:58pm
Exactly what was demeaning about that tweet? He only echoed the sentiments of millions of broken hearted Pakistanis. Double standards here i think. Shoaib Akhtar & Shahid Afridi can make disparaging remarks about Sachin Tendulkar & not solicit a response.If you can`t take your own medicine then don`t administer it!
Oct 06, 2012 05:27am
Dear Ruthless, Lets not get into mentality of either of our countries. Its a long discussion. Since it has appeared on Raina's blog and since we Indians love him as a real top class batsman, as a fellow Indian i apologise but there is far too much bad blood between our nations and who is more to be blamed, well i will only say look at history. What is important is that now its upto us younger people to end hatred. Episodes like these dont help but then look at your pakistani average people.Dont they resort to far worse display of insecurities when it comes to Indians? As far as cricket goes, we were better then you when the rivalry started and then in the 90's during the Akram /Waqar days we were not a patch. But now lets face honesty that we are far superior as a team by a distance.