New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) Indian opener Gautam Gambhir may well play in the fourth and final Test against Australia at Nagpur if the verdict on the appeal against the one-Test ban on him is not pronounced by that time.
A BCCI source today said the Board was hopeful that Gambhir, who is in great form in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, might play in the last Test at Nagpur, starting from November 6.
''It takes time to apponit an appeal's commisioner and if he does not receive a decision on his appeal, Gambhir has every chance to play in the Nagpur Test,'' a BCCI official told UNI here today.
The ICC Legal Counsel will now appoint a code of conduct commissioner to hear the appeal within 48 hours. The Commissioner will determine and hear the appeal inside seven days of his appointment.
The source further added that since the time is too short, so the decision could get delayed and thereby, giving Gambhir a chance to play in the Nagpur Test.
Gambhir was banned by match referee Chris Broad after the opener was found guilty of breaching an ICC code of conduct during the third Test.
Gambhir, who slammed a double century in that Test, was involved in an on-field confrontation when he elbowed Shane Watson while running back to his crease.
Last night the ICC, while confirming that it has received official notification from the BCCI of its appeal against the ban, said, ''Gambhir may continue to play pending verdict of the appeal being given''.
During the hearing, the 27-year-old Gambhir had pleaded guilty and was handed with a one-Test ban by Chris Broad yesterday under Rule C1 of the Code (Level 2) which states that players shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game, while Watson was fined 10 per cent of his match fee.
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