September 8, 2003

Procter: Latif 'committed a serious offence'

Wisden Cricinfo staff

News: Latif banned for five matches over disputed catch

Mike Procter, match referee: "As captain a lot of responsibility falls on Rashid Latif and he committed a serious offence by claiming that catch which constitutes unfair play and a level-three offence of the ICC Code of Conduct (offensive and penalties). Therefore, the Pakistani captain shall be banned for five one-day internationals.

"The umpires were unsighted but in the hearing after watching television evidence there was no doubt in Latif's mind that he took the ball from the ground but he felt he held the ball long enough to constitute a catch. All the three umpires were 100 per cent convinced that Latif did not complete the catch.

"I took into view a number of things and one of them was that Latif has done a lot of good service for Pakistan cricket. There may be a view that I am lenient to him but I have done what I think is right. I realise people make mistakes in life. After the ban, Latif can carry on."

Latif Khan, Bangladesh manager: "We have no personal problems with Rashid. He is a fine and honest gentleman who has done a lot for cricket with his upright stand on many issues. But we strongly felt that as Pakistan captain he had more responsibility to call the batsman back. We filed a complaint with the referee because we felt Rashid had not acted according to his status but that does not mean we have anything against him."

Samiul Hasan, Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman: "Latif has the right to appeal against the verdict but neither the PCB or Latif will file an appeal against the decision."