Ganguly hopeful of a positive verdict

Published: Thursday, November 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Fighting a two-match ban imposed by the ICC, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly appeared before the Appeals Commissioner in a teleconference here today and laterexpressed the hope that a decision would be given in his favour.

"It went off very well. I am hopeful...," he told reporters after emerging from a three-hour teleconference with New Zealand barrister Tim Castle, appointed by the International Cricket Council to hear the Indian captain's appeal against the two-Test ban imposed on him for slow over rate by Match Referee Clive Lloyd.

Ganguly said he expected the verdict, which would decide whether he plays in the second Test against South Africa beginning on Sunday in Kolkata, to be announced tomorrow.

Asked specifically if he expected the decision to go in his favour, he said, "I have no idea but the way the teleconference went, it looked very good."

Ganguly, who was accompanied by coach John Wright, Jagmohan Dalmiya and lawyers Siddartha Shankar Ray and Ushanath Banerjee, also thanked the Board for its support.

"I think the Board should support all players. They have done it in the past during the South Africa series. That time also they stood by the players. I am thankful to BCCI for itssupport."

Castle conducted the teleconference from Wellington (New Zealand) while Lloyd hooked in from USA and ICC's in-house lawyer Urvasi Naidoo joined it from London.

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