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Pak decide not to complain about Hall

Pakistan have decided not to file a complaint about an incident involving South Africa's all-rounder Andrew Hall and Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2003 17:45 IST

Pakistan have decided not to file a complaint about an incident involving South Africa's all-rounder Andrew Hall and Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana in the second one-day international in Lahore on Sunday.

The pair clashed in the 13th over of Pakistan's innings and television replays suggested that after the batsman exchanged words with Hall he was elbowed as he took a single.

Hall then confronted him, touching his bat and thrusting his face in Youhana's, who responded angrily before umpire Nadeem Ghouri stepped between the players.

Umpire Darrell Hair cautioned them both.

On Sunday, Pakistan cricket board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant-General Tauqir Zia and chief executive Rameez Raja said on television that the Pakistan team would be filing a complaint with match referee Clive Lloyd.

But PCB sources said the Pakistani team management had changed its mind to avoid bad blood with the South Africans.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said he would not be lodging a complaint.

"I don't want to comment on it but we have decided not to lodge any complaint with the match referee and it is a team decision," he said.

"We just want to concentrate on the series and if the match referee wants to take action he can take action. Everyone has seen it on television," Inzamam said.

Pakistan enjoyed a comfortable 42-run victory on Sunday after an eight-run success in the first match of the best-of-five series on Friday.

GUILTY PLAYERS

The Hall-Youhana incident was reminiscent of the Ramnaresh Sarwan and Glenn McGrath clash during Australia's test series in the West Indies earlier this year.

South African skipper Smith said he could not comment on the incident as he had not seen it properly but felt both players were to blame.

Pakistan's former captain Rashid Latif was banned for five matches in the one-day series against Bangladesh by match referee Mike Procter after Bangladesh's manager complained he took a contentious catch in the third test in Multan.

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said action should be taken to stop the game falling into disrepute.

"Everyone saw what happened (between Hall and Youhana). It was not a good advertisement for the sport," he said. Action must be taken against the guilty players."

International cricket council (ICC) match referees have come under fire in recent months for their failure to curb sledging and other incidents on the field.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has assumed powers to act against any players on the basis of television evidence if they bring the game into disrepute.

The ICC has also laid more responsibility on team captains to control the actions of their players.

First Published: Oct 06, 2003 17:45 IST