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Jadeja fined, BCCI not satisfied with verdict

James Anderson

Calcutta: Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 per cent of his match fees after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident with England fast bowler James Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

The BCCI has, however, raised strong objections to the verdict saying it was “not satisfied” with the ruling. In a media release, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said it reserved its right to appeal against the fine.

According to the Article 8.1.1, “decisions made under the Code of Conduct by a Match Referee in relation to a first Level 1 Offence shall be non-appealable and shall remain the full and final decision in relation to the matter.”

However, this is the second instance in the past year of Jadeja being fined — he was docked 10 per cent of his match fees for using offensive language against Shane Watson in an ODI in November 2013. It implies that an appeal is permissible.

David Boon, the match referee, stated he was “not comfortably satisfied” that Jadeja’s role in the incident amounted to a Level 2 offence. Boon, however, stated Jadeja was guilty of “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.

“Under Article 6.1 of the Code, I had to be comfortably satisfied that the offence had occurred in order to find Mr Jadeja guilty of an offence under Article 2.2.11,” Boon said in an ICC release.

“While I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably satisfied that this was a Level 2 offence.

Therefore, in exercising my discretion under Article 7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a Level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code.”

Boon needs to submit his detailed written decision, after which the BCCI must file an appeal within 48 hours of its receipt. Once the notice to the appeal is received, the ICC legal head will appoint a member of the Code of Conduct Commission (from a neutral country, unless agreed otherwise) as judicial commissioner within 48 hours.

The judicial commissioner has to hear the matter within seven days of his appointment and his decision will be final.

Jadeja had been charged with a Level 2 offence, brought by England team manager Phil Neale in response to India charging Anderson with a Level 3 offence.

Anderson’s hearing will be held via videoconference on August 1, a day after the scheduled end of the third Test.

Jadeja’s hearing was held in Southampton on Thursday and was attended by both the players, their legal counsels, witnesses as well as Neale, BCCI’s MV Sridhar, Paul Downton of the ECB, and ICC’s Ethics and Regulatory lawyer.

“The hearing lasted nearly 150 minutes before Mr Boon and included oral statements by the players, video footage and cross-examination of the witnesses by Kendrah Potts, counsel representing the ECB, and Jonathan Ellis, who represented Jadeja,” the ICC release said.

“Under article 7.6.5 of the Code, Mr Boon was empowered to find Jadeja guilty of an offence of a lower level than that with which he was charged if he found him not guilty of the original offence.”

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.

India alleged Anderson abused and pushed Jadeja, while England alleged Jadeja turned and approached Anderson in a threatening manner.