London, Nov. 17 (NNN) : New Zealand barrister Tim Castle has been appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the Appeals Commissioner to hear Sourav Ganguly's appeal against his two-Test match ban imposed after the match against Pakistan on Saturday.
The ICC said the grounds for appeal, the paperwork of match referee Clive Lloyd and a video recording of the match have been dispatched to Castle.
Since the right of appeal was introduced in 2002 there have been two previous appeals. In both those instances, the Appeals Commissioners reached their decisions based on written and video evidence.
Should this appeal not be finalised before the start of India's first Test against South Africa starting on Saturday, November 20, Ganguly will be able to play in the match.
It may be recalled that after a hearing on Sunday, ICC Match Referee Clive Lloyd suspended Ganguly for two Test matches for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in relation to slow over-rates.
The BCCI and Ganguly exercised their right of appeal against this decision on Monday, November 15. If the BCCI and Ganguly had not appealed, the ban would have applied with immediate effect.
The ICC Code of Conduct states that if the appeal has not been resolved prior to a scheduled game, a player is permitted to play in that match. The Appeals Commissioner now has a maximum of seven days to make his decision. He can provide his written decision at any stage during this seven day period.
If the appeal has not been finalised before the start of the India's first Test against South Africa on November 20, Ganguly can play in the match. The Appeals Commissioner has the power to increase, decrease, amend or otherwise substitute his own decision from that of the ICC Match Referee.
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