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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 October, 2003, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Hall's Test ban upheld
Andrew Hall
Hall has been a valuable player and will be missed
SA spokesman Gerald de Kock
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.

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