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Decision on Gibbs' hearing on Thursday

Gibbs' appealed against his two-Test ban for using abusive language against a section of the spectators during the first Test against Pakistan.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 21:08 IST

The hearing into South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs' appeal against his two-Test ban took place on Wednesday and a decision is expected on Thursday.

The hearing was conducted by former Australian captain Richie Benaud who is acting as the Appeals Commissioner in this matter.

The communication occurred via teleconference and involved Gibbs, his legal representative, ICC match referee Chris Broad and a legal representative acting on his behalf. ICC In-House Lawyer Urvasi Naidoo was also present on the call in an administrative capacity.

Benaud has the power to increase, decrease, amend or otherwise substitute his own decision from that made at the previous hearing, and his decision is final and binding.

Gibbs was found guilty of using abusive language against a section of the spectators during the first Test against Pakistan at Centurion. The comments were overheard through the stump microphone.

He was punished for a Level 3 offence, specifically a breach of clause 3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

That 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 ethic origin."

Gibbs apologised for the remark but pleaded not guilty to the Level 3 charge.

Once Benaud reaches a decision, he must provide it in writing to the ICC's In-House Lawyer, who will then forward it to Gibbs, Broad and ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed ahead of any public announcement.