Shoaib banned for a Test and 2 ODIs
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Shoaib banned for a Test and 2 ODIs

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been banned for one Test match and two one-dayers for using abusive language.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2003 12:52 IST

International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Clive Lloyd on Saturday urged South Africa and Pakistan to clean up their acts after fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar became the third player to be handed a ban during the ill-tempered series.

Shoaib was banned for one Test and two one-day internationals for using foul language against tail-ender Paul Adams during the first day of the first Test on Friday.

"Shoaib was found guilty of using language that was obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player in a hearing with Lloyd," the ICC said in a statement.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Andrew Hall have also been handed bans during the acrimonious tour.

"I have been very disappointed in the behaviour of both teams during this series and I would urge the coaches, captains and managers to get their players together and remind them of the importance of playing in a professional manner," Lloyd said in a separate statement.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said it would appeal against Shoaib's ban, which was imposed following a complaint from South Africa.

If upheld, Shoaib would miss the second Test against South Africa at Faisalabad starting from October 24 and the first two games of a five-match home one-day series against New Zealand next month.

"We are filing an appeal immediately with the support of video footage because we believe that it was a non-issue made into an issue," said PCB spokesman Samiul Hasan.

"It came as a surprise that the South Africans complained."

The career of the 27-year-old Shoaib has been fraught with controversy.

In November last year he was reprimanded by Lloyd for ball-tampering during the first Test against Zimbabwe in Harare. On the same tour, Shoaib was handed a one-day ban after he threw a water bottle at spectators.

He was also fined 50,000 rupees (around 900 US dollars) and suspended for one limited-overs match in March 2000 after arriving late at his team's hotel during their tour of Australia in 1999-2000.

In May this year, Shoaib was banned for two one-day internationals and fined 75 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of tampering with the ball during a tri-series match against New Zealand in Sri Lanka.

Hall was banned for two Tests for impeding Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana during the second one-day match in Lahore. Smith was fined and barred for one one-day match for using abusive language during the ensuing argument.

First Published: Oct 18, 2003 13:17 IST