BCCI still hopeful of relaxation of ban on Ganguly

Published: Friday, June 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today made it clear that it had not given up on the issue of the six-match ban imposed on Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and would continue to pursue the matter with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"We have written to the ICC that the six-match ban is too much. We are taking this up with the ICC," Mahendra said after BCCI's two-day working committee meeting.

Ganguly was banned for six One-day Internationals by ICC match referee Chris Broad after the Indian captain was found guilty for his side's slow over rate during the One-day series against Pakistan.

Ganguly, whose appeal against the ban was later turned down by ICC appeals commissioner Tim Castle, has already missed two matches -- fifth and sixth One-dayer against Pakistan in April.

If the ban stays, he would miss the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka in August where West Indies is the third team.

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