Scotland's Haq axed from cricket World Cup for racial tweet

Scotland bowler Majid Haq (L) attempts to run out Afghanistan batsman Hamid Hassan (R) during their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin on February 26, 2015 (AFP Photo/William West)

Hobart (Australia) (AFP) - Scotland all-rounder Majid Haq has been thrown out of the World Cup for posting a racial tweet after being dropped from Wednesday's match against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

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

"Always tougher when your in the minority!! #colour #race" tweeted 32-year-old Haq, 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."

Scotland, who have lost all their five matches so far, play Australia in their last league match in Hobart on Saturday.