India v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Bangalore, 5th day March 28, 2005

Inzamam banned for one Test

Cricinfo staff



Inzamam-ul-Haq: two appeals too many © Getty Images

Inzamam-ul-Haq has received a one-Test ban for showing dissent against umpiring decisions on the last day of the Bangalore Test.

Saleem Altaf, the Pakistan team manager, clarified that Inzamam had been pulled up for two instances of misconduct. "We had a hearing with the match referee, Chris Broad, for two counts of excessive appealing and dissent. On the first count, he has been fined 30% of his match fees and on the second, a level two offence, he has been given a one-Test ban."

Pakistan ended up winning the match by 168 runs, but Inzamam was visibly miffed when a couple of caught-behind appeals against the Indian openers were denied on the first session. Gautam Gambhir was lucky to survive - the snickometer clearly showed contact between bat and ball - but the decision in favour of Virender Sehwag seemed a good one. Inzamam was especially upset after Sehwag was ruled not out, charging past the batsman and shaking his hands in anger.

Altaf indicated that the Pakistan board would take a decision on whether or not to appeal against the verdict. If the decision stays, then Inzamam will have to sit out of Pakistan's first Test on their tour of the West Indies.