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Hasib
October 14, 2003, 08:00 AM
Hall's Test ban upheld

South African Andrew Hall will miss the Test series in Pakistan after losing his appeal against a two-match ban.
Match referee Clive Lloyd's decision was upheld by Sir Oliver Popplewell of the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct Commission.

Hall was banned for elbowing Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana during a one-day match in Lahore last week.

The incident also led to Hall and South African skipper Graeme Smith being suspended for the final one-dayer.

But Hall was found guilty of a level three breach of the Code of Conduct, which carries a minimum penalty of a two-Test ban.

"No one who has seen the video, and I have seen it 4 or 5 times, can be in any doubt that there was a very serious confrontation," said Sir Oliver, a former judge at England's High Court.

But the United Cricket Board of South Africa has criticised the punishment handed out to Hall and Smith, and to Shaun Pollock, who was fined for showing dissent to umpire Darrell Hair in the game which followed.

"While I in no way condone any behaviour which breaches the Code of Conduct, I am extremely concerned at the inconsistent manner in which that Code has been applied, particularly this year.

"There are several examples of this and I shall be taking the matter up through the correct channels at the ICC," said chief executive Gerald Majola.

The first Test starts in Lahore on Friday.

Hasib
October 14, 2003, 08:15 AM
Hall to miss next two Tests after losing appeal

Wisden Cricinfo staff

October 14, 2003



Andrew Hall will miss South Africa's next two Tests against Pakistan after losing his appeal against a two-match ban.



Hall and Youhana exchange unpleasantries in the second ODI at Lahore
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Sir Oliver Popplewell, a member of the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission, upheld the punishment which was imposed on Hall by Clive Lloyd, the match referee, following his altercation with Yousuf Youhana during the second one-day international between South Africa and Pakistan at Lahore.

Hall was banned for elbowing Youhana during the match and the flashpoint also led to Hall and Graeme Smith, the captain, being suspended for the final ODI of the series for inappropriate and deliberate physical contact. However, Hall was also found guilty of a Level 3 offence for conduct which brings the game into disrepute, an offence which automatically incurs a minimum penalty of a two-Test ban.

"No one who has seen the video, and I have seen it four or five times, can be in any doubt that there was a very serious confrontation," said Popplewell, a former English high-court judge.

Hall will miss the first Test, which starts at Lahore on October 17.


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Zobair
October 14, 2003, 05:00 PM
Serves him right... no one should be allowed to have any sort of hostile physical contact whatsoever....there would be a zero tolerance on that...