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Inzamam to lead Pakistan in ODI series against Bangladesh

Last updated on: September 08, 2003 13:07 IST

Pakistan captain Rashid Latif was on Sunday banned for five one-day internationals for unfairly claiming a catch on the third day of the third and final Test against Bangladesh in Multan.

Latif had taken the 'catch' off Yasir's Ali's bowling to dismiss Alok Kapali for 22.

Umpires Russell Tiffin and Asoka de Silva ruled the batsman out, but television replays showed Latif had not completed the catch as the ball had popped out of his gloves when he fell to the ground.

After the incident on Friday, Bangladesh had filed a complaint with Match Referee Mike Proctor.

"I have listened to both parties at length and feel there is good evidence against Latif," Procter told a news conference.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said it would not appeal against the decision.

"Rashid Latif has also said he has no intentions of making an appeal and accepts the decision of the match referee," PCB spokesman Samiul Hasan told Reuters.

PCB chief executive Rameez Raja added that his board would not take any further disciplinary action against Latif.

Replacement Captain

The PCB have appointed Inzamam-ul-Haq as captain for the one-day series against Bangladesh in place of Latif.

"We feel sorry for Latif because there is a lot of respect for him in the team," Inzamam told Reuters. "We support him, and we will try to win this series for him."

The five-match one-day series starts in Multan on Tuesday. Latif will be available for the Test and one-day series against South Africa starting from September 26.

Latif is the second player after Australian Darren Lehmann to be given a five-match ban under the ICC code of conduct.

Lehmann was suspended by match referee Clive Lloyd in January this year for making racist remarks against Sri Lankan players in Australia.

Latif himself was involved in another disciplinary hearing at this year's World Cup when Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist accused him of making a racist remark in a group game at The Wanderers.

However match referee Lloyd said there had not been sufficient evidence to prove the allegation.

The Pakistan team for the first one-day international:
Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain),
Imran Nazir,
Mohammad Hafeez,
Yousuf Youhana,
Yasir Hameed,
Abdul Razzaq,
Shoaib Malik,
Kamran Akmal,
Junaid Zia,
Umar Gul,
Shabbir Ahmed.


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