The former Australian captain-turned commentator, Richie Benaud, will hear Herschelle Gibbs' appeal against the two-Test ban he incurred for breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during last week's first Test between South Africa and Pakistan at Centurion.
Benaud is Australia's nominee as a Code of Conduct Commissioner and he has accepted the appointment to preside as the Appeals Commissioner for the hearing, which will take place via teleconference.
The date for the appeal is still to be confirmed but it is expected to be held between the second and third Tests of the current series. The second match, in Port Elizabeth, is due to end on 23 January with the final Test in Cape Town set to begin three days later.
The conduct of the hearing is at the discretion of the Appeals Commissioner and he has seven days to hear and determine the case. The decision handed down is final and binding, but pending resolution of the appeal, Gibbs is permitted to play in all matches, including the second Test.
Benaud is one of the longest-serving members of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission and is universally respected as a highly knowledgeable and impartial observer of cricket. He captained Australia in 28 of his 63 Tests, leading the side when it regained the Ashes against England with a 4-0 series win in 1958-59.
Gibbs was found guilty of a Level 3 offence, clause 3.3 of the Code which prohibits using "...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."
The charge, laid by Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive, relates to an incident that took place shortly before the lunch interval on Sunday, the fourth day of the match, when Gibbs' comments were overheard through a stump microphone on the ground.
The hearing was conducted by Chris Broad, the ICC's match referee, after the Test concluded on Monday. Gibbs apologised for the remark but pleaded not guilty to the Level 3 charge.