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Inzy's Champions Trophy appearance looks bleak

"Things didn't go as well as the Board expected it to," a PCB source said.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:35 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's chances of appearing in next month's Champions Trophy have taken a nosedive after the first day of the disciplinary hearing of the International Cricket Council in London.

The two-day hearing continues on Thursday with the ICC adjudicator, Ranjan Madugalle expcted to announce his decision later in the day.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source said on Thursday that indications from London were not very good.

"Things didn't go as well as the Board expected it to," he said.

If Inzamam is banned for any of the two charges against him -- tampering with the ball and bringing the game into disrepute -- the PCB has 24 hours to make an appeal.

But the catch is that the ICC is bound by its regulations to announce a Code of Conduct committee in three days time which has until October 7 to announce its decision on the appeal which means that either way Inzamam, if banned will know before the start of the Champions Trophy main rounds if he can play in the event or not.