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South African judge to hear Gambhir appeal

Senior South African judge Albie Sachs Albie Sachs (1935-) is a justice on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed to the court by Nelson Mandela in 1994.

Justice Sachs recently gained international attention in 2005 as the author of the Court's holding in the case of
 will hear Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir's appeal against a one-Test ban for a breach of conduct during the third Test against Australia here.

Sachs, who was appointed late Friday, will hear the case within a week, the International Cricket International Cricket is a cricket game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was only released in Australia in 1992. Developed by Melbourne House (as Beam Software) and published by Mattel, it was the only cricket game released for the NES.  Council (ICC ICC

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) said in a statement released late Saturday.

"The ICC received official notification of the appeal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India Cricket is the unofficial national sport of India, and its development has been closely tied up with the history of the country, mirroring many of the political and cultural developments around issues such as race, caste, religion and nationality.  (BCCI BCCI Board of Control for Cricket in India
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) on Friday," the statement said.

"The ICC Head of Legal, David Becker, appointed Justice Sachs later the same evening in accordance with ICC Code of Conduct processes."

The Indian opener can continue to play pending the outcome of the appeal.

Gambhir was banned by match referee A match referee is an official appointed to oversee professional cricket matches. Match referees for Test matches and one-day internationals are appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Most matches below international level do not have a referee.  Chris Broad Brian Christopher "Chris" Broad (born September 29, 1957, Knowle, Somerset) is a former England Test cricketer and current Test official.

Broad was a fiery left handed opening batsman, who made his Test debut for England in 1984, in the second Test match against the West
 for "physical contact" with Shane Watson Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981 in Ipswich, Queensland) is an Australian cricketer. He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first one-day international against South Africa.  while taking a run on the first day of the match.

The Australian all rounder was fined 10 percent of his match fee for "verbally engaging" with the Indian opener, who scored 206 in India's first innings here.

Gambhir, 27, appeared to elbow Watson after the all-rounder seemed to mutter something to the Indian batsman as he took a second run in the 51st over of Wednesday's play.

Soon after the ban was announced, the Indian Cricket Board lodged the appeal on Gambhir's behalf.

Justice Sachs has the power "to increase, decrease, amend or otherwise substitute his own decision" from that made at the previous hearing, and his decision would be final and binding.

The players were cited by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar as well as TV umpire Suresh Shastri.

Watson had pleaded not guilty to a level one violation of the ICC Code of Conduct, which calls on players to respect the laws and spirit of the game.

Gambhir pleaded guilty to a level two offence of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.

The Indian opener was fined 65 percent of his match fee during the Kanpur one-dayer against Pakistan in November 2007 for a run-in with Shahid Afridi.

India's paceman Zaheer Khan was docked 80 percent of his match fee after exchanging words with Matthew Hayden and pointing him to the pavilion during the second Test of a tense series in Mohali.

The series, which the hosts lead 1-0 after a 320-run win in Mohali, comes on the heels of India's acrimonious tour of Australia early this year.

The fourth and final Test starts in Nagpur on Thursday.
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