India's in-form opener Gautam Gambhir will miss the fourth and final Test against Australia here on Thursday after his appeal against a one-match ban was rejected.
The left-hander was suspended by English match referee Chris Broad for "physical contact" with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson while taking a run on the opening day of the third Test in Delhi.
"The Appeals Commissioner (South African judge Albie Sachs) has rejected the appeal and upheld the penalty of one-Test ban imposed by the match referee," Indian cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement on Tuesday.
He added that the board had refused to accept the decision and had sent its objection to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"The said order has been passed without affording the player an opportunity of personal hearing, legal representation and without acceding to his request for certain documents/recordings to be given to him, and also denying him an extension of time," the statement said.
Murali Vijay was named Gambhir's replacement for the match.
Gambhir is his team's leading scorer in the onoging series, with 463 runs. He smashed a hundred in the second Test and followed it up with a maiden double-century in the next match.
The 27-year-old appeared to elbow Watson after the all-rounder seemed to have said something to the batsman as he took a second run during his 206.
The players were cited by on-field umpires Billy Bowden of New Zealand and Aleem Dar of Pakistan as well as Indian TV umpire Suresh Shastri.
Watson had pleaded not guilty to a level one violation of the ICC Code of Conduct, which calls on players to respect the laws and spirit of the game.
The Australian was fined 10 percent of his match fee for "verbally engaging" with the Indian opener.
Gambhir pleaded guilty to a level two offence of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game. Soon after the ban was announced, the Indian board lodged the appeal on the batsman's behalf.
The Indian opener was fined 65 percent of his match fee during the Kanpur one-day international against Pakistan in November 2007 for a run-in with Shahid Afridi.
India's paceman Zaheer Khan was docked 80 percent of his match fee after exchanging words with Matthew Hayden and pointing him to the pavilion during the second Test of the ongoing series.
India lead the series 1-0 following their 320-run win in the second Test in Mohali. The matches in Bangalore and Delhi were drawn.