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Six ODI ban on Ganguly excessive: ICPA

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kolkata:The Indian Cricket Players' Association (ICPA) today rallied behind a beleaguered Sourav Ganguly and termed as 'excessive' the six-ODI ban slapped on him by the International Cricket Council.

Arguing that the player should have been given a hearing after he filed his appeal, ICPA vice president Arun Lal said in a statement that while the ICC had to ensure over rates, a six-match ban could impact a cricketer's career.

"We feel that the six-match ban is excessive. We realise that the ICC has to ensure over rates, but a six-match ban could impact a players' career -- surely, that is not the intention of the ICC," Lal said.

The ICPA also lauded the BCCI for standing by Ganguly.

Ganguly, who is struggling to come out of a prolonged batting slump, was banned by match referee Chris Broad following India's slow over rate in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Ahmedabad.

Following Appeals Commissioner Michael Beloff's decision to reject his appeal, Ganguly would have to sit out the next four one-dayers as the ICC has said that the ban had come into force from the fifth match of the just-concluded six-match India-Pakistan ODI series as the Indian skipper had not played the last two matches.

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