Michael Beloff QC, the chairman of the ICC's code of conduct commission, has been appointed as the adjudicator in Sourav Ganguly's appeal against the six-match ban imposed on him for slow over-rates. Beloff will preside over the process that sees Ganguly appeal, through his lawyers, within the next seven days.
Ganguly was handed a six-match ban after being found guilty of slow over-rates yet again in the fourth one-dayer against Pakistan. The Indian board then appealed the ban, and this opened the door for Ganguly to continue to play in this series if needed. But the Indian board chose to rest Ganguly for the match at Kanpur. "There will be no change in the team already selected, with Rahul Dravid as captain for the Kanpur ODI," SK Nair, the board secretary, was quoted as saying by PTI. "Since less than 24 hours remains for the start of the match, the board felt that it was extremely important for the players to concentrate and focus on the match, so that they could bring out the best performance. In view of this, the board has decided to continue with the selected team for the Kanpur match."
Beloff has been a Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) since 1996. He was on the CAS's ad-hoc panel for dispute-resolution during the last three summer Olympics and the last two Commonwealth Games.