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Beloff favours written submissions

April 16, 2005 14:16 IST

The ICC Appeals Commissioner Michael Beloff has indicated that he is likely to hear the appeal by Indian captain Sourav Ganguly against his six match one-day international ban based on the extensive written submissions from Ganguly and match officials.

The Indian captain had sought to have the matter heard at a second personal hearing via a telephone hook-up but Beloff has indicated that he believes that a hearing based on the written submissions is the appropriate way to proceed.

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Beloff has sought Ganguly's final comments as to why a personal hearing is required as a matter of urgency, the ICC said in a press release.

Under the ICC Code of Conduct, the way in which an appeal is heard is at the discretion of the appointed Appeals Commissioner.

Other Appeals Commissioners have elected to proceed on the basis of written submissions. In the previous case involving Ganguly the Appeals Commissioner elected to have the hearing via a telephone hook-up.

In this case, Ganguly has provided Beloff with two written submission totaling 17 pages detailing the grounds for his appeal and the reasons why he believes the suspension should be overturned.

Should Beloff elect to proceed on the basis of the written submissions a decision on the merits of the appeal is expected to be made within the next 48 hours.


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