New Delhi:Gautam Gambhir was on Friday handed a one-Test Test ban after being found guilty of hitting Australian all-rounder Shane Watson with his elbow during the ongoing third cricket Test here but the Indian opener will appeal against the punishment.
The ban, if not overturned, rules him out of the fourth and final Test against Australia starting November 6 in Nagpur.
"India opener Gautam Gambhir has received a one Test ban after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third Test against Australia in New Delhi," the ICC said in a statement.
Gambhir had elbowed Watson while taking a run on the opening day of the ongoing match after a heated exchange with the Aussie all-rounder.
The Indian met match referee Chris Broad this morning before the start of third day's play where he was informed of the penalty.
"The decision to find Gambhir guilty of a level 2 offence is indicative of the fact that any degree of physical contact is unacceptable," Broad said.
Gambhir, despite pleading guilty to the charge, has decided to contest the ban.
"For Level 2 offences, the concerned players have the right to appeal against the adjudicator's decision within 24 hours of notification of the decision. Accordingly, Mr. Gambhir will be lodging an appeal," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.