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ICC to hear Gibbs' appeal on Wednesday

The ICC had confirmed that Gibbs' appeal will be heard by former Australia captain Richie Benaud.

January 23, 2007, 5:14 PM IST
ICC to hear Gibbs' appeal on Wednesday

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council has confirmed the Code of Conduct hearing of South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs on January 24 via teleconference, cricket's world governing body said on Tuesday.

Gibbs was heard on the stump microphone making racist comments aimed at Pakistani supporters during the first Test at Centurion.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed laid the charge on Herschelle before he was heard by an ICC panel chaired by Match Referee Chris Broad, who banned Gibbs for two Test matches.

The ICC had confirmed that Gibbs' appeal would take place on Wednesday and will be heard by former Australia captain Richie Benaud.

The ICC said the process will be completed ahead of the third Test in Cape Town.

The teleconference will also involve Gibbs, his legal representative, ICC match referee Chris Broad who officiated in the Test and a legal representative acting on his behalf. ICC's In-House Lawyer Ms Urvasi Naidoo will also be present on the call in an administrative capacity.

Under the terms of the appeals procedure, Mr Benaud has seven days in which to hear and determine the appeal following his appointment as Appeals Commissioner.

Under ICC rules, an appeals commissioner can increase, decrease, amend or otherwise substitute his own decision from that made at the previous hearing, and his decision is final and binding.

Ahead of any public announcement, the appeals commissioner, Benaud in this case, will give his verdict once it had been made to the In-House Lawyer, who will in turn formward it to Gibbs, Match Referee Chris Broad and ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed.

Gibbs is appealing the ban imposed after the match referee found him guilty of a Level 3 offence, specifically a breach of clause 3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

The clause prohibits "any language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin."

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