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Sourav Ganguly eligible to play, says ICC

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BCCI decides to stick to Dravid-led team

KOLKATA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not in favour of playing Sourav Ganguly in the fifth one-day international against Pakistan at Kanpur on Friday though Ganguly is eligible to participate the moment he appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) against the six-match ban imposed by match referee, Chris Broad.

The decision to leave Ganguly out of the fifth ODI was taken by the Board after duly explaining it to him. Ganguly, in turn, appreciated the Board's decision.

A media release from the Board secretary, S. Karunakaran Nair, said as there was less than 24 hours left for the start of the Kanpur game the Board felt it was extremely important for the players to concentrate on the match and bring out the best in them.

"In view of this the Board has decided to continue with the selected team for the Kanpur match,'' he said.

Releasing the press note in Kolkata, the Board joint secretary, Goutam Dasgupta, explained that the moment the BCCI came to know about the ban on Ganguly, the selectors met in Ahmedabad and decided to make Rahul Dravid captain and picked the squad.

The Board's release emphasised that Ganguly would not play in the fifth game of the series but was silent on whether Ganguly would play the final ODI at Delhi.

Appeal process

The ICC, which received the formal appeal from Ganguly, said any cricketer could continue to play international matches till the resolution of the appeal.

The world body would appoint within 48 hours a member of its Code of Conduct Commission as an Appeals Commissioner to hear this appeal, a statement from the ICC said.

It said the Appeals Commissioner could not be from either of the countries that took part in the match.

Once appointed, the Appeals Commissioner would have seven days in which to hear and determine the appeal unless agreed otherwise.

The Appeals Commissioner would determine the way in which the appeal should be heard.

The Appeals Commissioner had the power to increase or decrease the penalty imposed or to overturn the earlier decision.

The eligible commissioners are Michael Beloff, QC, who is the chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, Richie Benaud (Australia), Sir Oliver Popplewell (England), Tim Castle (New Zealand), Gamini Marapana (Sri Lanka), Justice Albie Sachs (South Africa), Justice Anthony Lucky (West Indies) and Clive Barnes (Zimbabwe).

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