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South Africa lodges appeal on Hall's Test ban

South Africa's cricket team management lodged an appeal with the ICC against the two-Test match ban imposed on their all-rounder Andrew Hall.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2003 16:26 IST

South Africa's cricket team management Sunday lodged an appeal with the ICC (International Cricket Council) against the two-Test match ban imposed on their all-rounder Andrew Hall over a breach of the Code of Conduct.

Hall was banned for two Tests and a one one-day match following an incident in the second one-day international against Pakistan in the eastern city of Lahore last week in which he was charged on two offences.

Hall apparently elbowed Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana, who was completing a single at the bowling end and both players became involved an argument.

The ICC match referee Clive Lloyd charged Hall for physical assault and bringing the game into disrepute.

Hall had 24 hours to appeal against the Test ban but there was no provision to appeal against the one-day ban.

South African captain Graeme Smith was also banned for one one-day and fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was charged for using abusive language during the incident.

Youhana was fined 50 percent of his match fee.

Both Smith and Hall missed the on-going fifth one-day in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Sunday.

The appeal is likely to be heard within the next five days.

The Test ban on Hall means the tourists will either have to reverse their earlier decision to send Alan Dawson back after the one-dayers or keep batsman Morne van Wyk, who last week flew in as a replacement, for the Tests.

On Saturday, Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola voiced his concern over inconsistencies in the application of the ICC Code of Conduct on international cricketers.

"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," Majola said in Johannesburg.

"We now have a situation of players serving a ban in a far more crucial 'final' match than they would have had their bans been imposed promptly, immediately after the incident," Majola said.

Pakistan and South Africa meet in the first of two Tests in Lahore from October 17.

First Published: Oct 12, 2003 16:26 IST