Sachs to deliver Ganguly~~s verdict on Thursday

Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:International Cricket Council (ICC) arbitrator justice Albie Sachs has expressed hopes of announcing his verdict in the Sourav Ganguly ban issue on Thursday.

''Justice Albie Sachs has advised that he is hoping to be in a position to announce the decision of the ICC disputes resolution committee (DRC) concerning the ICC Code of Conduct process dispute between the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday 28 July,'' an ICC release said here.

It may be recalled that the ICC match referee Chris Broad slapped a six-match ODI ban on Ganguly because of the slow over rate problem which plagued India during the One-day series against Pakistan.

Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct commission Michael Beloff subsequently upheld Broad's decision before BCCI decided to question the process adopted in this matter and sought intervention of the ICC DRC.

Justice Sachs, who hails from South Africa has also indicated that once the parties in the dispute have been notified, he will be available for a media teleconference during which he is expected to provide details of the decision of the ICC DRC.

Ganguly is back in India after a succesful stint with Glamorgan County. Though he has been named as the 16th man of the Indian squad lead by Rahul Dravid that is currently in Sri Lanka for a tri-series, his participation in the tournament is subject to clearance from the game's governing body.

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