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BCCI puts pressure on David to appeal

Calcutta/Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it seems, is again out to use its influence and put pressure on the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The BCCI has sent a mail to the ICC to appeal against the verdict that pronounced England pacer James Anderson “not guilty” in the altercation with Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test.        

The ICC-appointed judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis had pronounced Anderson not guilty, and also revoked the fine that was slapped on Jadeja.

The BCCI, however, was miffed with the fact that Anderson was let off, since they had charged the England player with a Level 3 offence under the ICC Code of Conduct.

The BCCI secretary, Sanjay Patel, said: “I have written a letter last night to ICC CEO David Richardson, to file an appeal against the verdict. All of us, including the team management, feel the verdict is totally wrong and in violation of the particular process. Let’s see what happens.”

According to ICC rules, the only people who can file an appeal, after a decision has been made by a judicial commissioner in relation to a Level 3 offence, are either the player or player support personnel concerned or the ICC’s CEO.

Article 8.3.2 of the ICC rules and regulations state: “The only parties who may appeal a decision made in relation to a Level 3 Offence or Level 4 Offence shall be: (a) the Player or Player Support Personnel found guilty of the offence; and (b) the ICC’s Chief Executive Officer.”

Patel said: “We, in BCCI, cannot appeal against the verdict, only the ICC can and hence I have written the letter to Richardson. I am confident a decision will be taken within the next 48 hours.

“How can he (Anderson) be pronounced not guilty after having admitted that he had pushed Jadeja. According to me, so many laws in the ICC Code of Conduct had been violated in this particular process.”