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    Latif wants action taken against Bell.

    Rashid Latif, whose Test career was effectively ended by a five-match ban, has called on the International Cricket Council to impose a similar suspension on England's Ian Bell. Though the umpires did not consult the TV umpire at the time, replays of Mohammad Yousuf's dismissal suggested the ball may have clipped the ground as Bell caught it off his own bowling.
    "It's obvious that Bell has claimed an unfair catch," said Latif, who was the Pakistan captain when he was suspended for claiming a catch off Bangladesh's Alok Kapali. "The ball touched the ground while he was completing the catch and he would have known about it.

    "Two years ago the match referee ended my career because he felt I had claimed an unfair catch off the ground against Bangladesh. I want to see what they do with Bell."

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    He's got a point. I would hate to see double standards in play.
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    "The ball touched the ground while he was completing the catch and he would have known about it."

    So obviously he knew he cheated with Alok...hmm
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    Haven't seen the Bell "catch" - could it possibly be as egregious as Latif's though? I guess I'd have to see a replay to know.

    A minor quibble, but there is a distinct difference between "effectively ended his career" and just "ended his career".

    I think the Latif incident was enacted by a complaint by the opposition (being the Bangladeshi team management) at the time - I dunno if that needs to occur or not - everything seems very hazy when it comes to claiming dubious catches.
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    Rashid Latif is a moron - end of story.

    There's a difference between a reflex relaxation and tightening of the grip and physically picking the ball up off the ground in a deliberate attempt to deceive.
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    I saw the c&b Bell on the BBC yesterday and I was frankly apalled that he claimed it. Granted, it was in slo-mo, but you can clearly see him taking the catch a few inches off the ground, connecting with the turf in the follow-through and then opening his palm. At that moment, the ball is lying on the ground with Bell's open hand behind it. Bell grabs the ball, holds it in the air and appeals.

    I am willing to doubt whether Bell would have been able to feel the grassing of the catch in real time, but it was very very dodgy to say the least. Not a maiden wicket to be proud of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    Rashid Latif is a moron - end of story.

    There's a difference between a reflex relaxation and tightening of the grip and physically picking the ball up off the ground in a deliberate attempt to deceive.
    Sure there's a difference, but the problem IMO is that Bell then claimed the catch as if nothing was wrong, when it was quite clear that he didn't have control of the ball when it touched the ground. I would like to see some action taken - whether a ban or not, I don't think international players should be able to get away with such actions.

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    In all honnesty, I havnt actually seen the rashid latif incident.

    But, Bell clearly let go of the ball, appealed (with an incredibly guilty look on his face) and got his way. I'm not saying that he should be banned, but it would be nice to see an enquiry of sorts.

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    Speaking of dubious catches, I believe there was a similar type of catch that Hodge took in the Brisbane Test against the Windies (fielding at mid-on), where the ball was in the hand but not under control when it touched the ground. The difference in that situation was, Hodge immediately indicated that he did not take it cleanly...the Bell catch, although in a different position, was of a similar type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakster
    In all honnesty, I havnt actually seen the rashid latif incident.

    But, Bell clearly let go of the ball, appealed (with an incredibly guilty look on his face) and got his way. I'm not saying that he should be banned, but it would be nice to see an enquiry of sorts.
    He certainly looked like a naughty toddler when he appealed

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    LOL. Maybe he should be spanked.
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    I think 'moron' is a bit harsh. Latif was probably a bit foolish because in doing so he's pretty much admitted he cheated but if Bell's offence is similar then surely he should be at least receiving a fine?

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    It simply sounds that Latif's bitter about what happened to him. Get over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    LOL. Maybe he should be spanked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    Sure there's a difference, but the problem IMO is that Bell then claimed the catch as if nothing was wrong, when it was quite clear that he didn't have control of the ball when it touched the ground. I would like to see some action taken - whether a ban or not, I don't think international players should be able to get away with such actions.
    Don't get me wrong, I don't condone Bell's actions at all, if it was a conscious decision to pick the ball up from the ground. It didn't look as though that was the case to me - I thought at first that he had full control of the ball as he landed, then opened and closed his hand to get a 'better grip'. After watching the replays at full speed, it still looked like that.

    Slow motion reveals a completely different story, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim
    I think 'moron' is a bit harsh. Latif was probably a bit foolish because in doing so he's pretty much admitted he cheated but if Bell's offence is similar then surely he should be at least receiving a fine?
    Will you settle for 'bonehead'?

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