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Anderson hearing to be held on Aug.1

Calcutta: The hearing into the Level 3 charge against England fast bowler James Anderson will be held on August 1 via videoconference, a day after the scheduled end of the third Test against India. This was decided by Gordon Lewis, the judicial commissioner, during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, which was attended by representatives of Anderson, the ECB, the BCCI, legal counsel of both boards, and the ICC’s ethics and regulatory lawyer.

Lewis will have 48 hours to announce the verdict in writing after the hearing. “If required, he will also decide on the sanctions to be imposed, date from when the suspension will be enforced and the process for right of appeal,” the ICC said in a release.

If Lewis finds Anderson not guilty of the Level 3 charge, “then it remains open to him, at his discretion, to find the player or player support personnel guilty of an offence of a lower level than that with which he has been charged.”

The ICC also confirmed that the hearing into the Level 2 charge against India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be conducted by Match Referee David Boon. The date for Jadeja’s hearing has not yet been set.

The incident involving Anderson and Jadeja is reported to have taken place as the players left the field for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test.