Ganguly hearing on November 25

Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Appeals Commission of the International Cricket Council would hold a hearing via teleconference on November 25 to take a final decision on the two-match ban on Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

The hearing has been fixed on Thursday morning via teleconference for a final decision on Ganguly's appeal, an ICC source confirmed to PTI over phone.

The teleconference would be held between ICC Appeals Commissioner Tim Castle in New Zealand, ICC Match Referee Clive Lloyd in London, Ganguly and a BCCI representative in New Delhi, the source said.

The timing of the hearing would be decided in consultation with the concerned parties.

Ganguly would be represented by eminent lawyer and former West Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray while BCCI legal adviser Ushanath Banerjee would represent the Cricket Board in the hearing, it was learnt.

This is the first time that in the hearing of a player the concerned Cricket Board has been allowed to be represented through its lawyer.

Ganguly was slapped a two-match ban after he was found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct for the second time in a year for failing to maintain the required over rate in the Platinum Jubilee one-day match against Pakistan here at Eden Gardens on November 13. The match had ended more than one hour beyond the scheduled close of play.

The ban was to come into force with immediate effect, but the Indian skipper was allowed to play the first Test match against South Africa at Kanpur after he appealed against the ban and the ICC Appeals Commissioner decided to hold the hearing on his appeal after the first Test.

Apart from his formal appeal, Ganguly has also sent a detailed letter to the Commissioner in which he has contended that an hour's play was lost during the match due to dew and injuries to players.

The letter was sent after Ganguly, along with other experts, watched the entire viedo recording of the match here.

Ganguly's basic contention is that time was not wasted intentionally but lost primarily due to the dew which played havoc with ground conditions.

Castle has already been provided with the video recording of the match and the report of Match Referee Clive Lloyd.

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