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ICC won’t revamp Code: Srini

Calcutta/Chennai: International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswamy Srinivasan Friday made it clear that the apex body was “not considering” a complete overhaul in the Code of Conduct for players, which has become a subject of debate following the infamous James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja spat during the Trent Bridge Test.

“We are not considering a revamp of the ICC Code of Conduct for players,” Srinivasan told reporters.

Srinivasan’s response comes a day after Sanjay Patel, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, pushed for a complete revamp of ICC Code of Conduct for players.

“As I see it, the ICC Code of Conduct needs to be revampedů Currently the BCCI could not have asked for an appeal against the decision of the judicial commissioner (Gordon Lewis who let off Anderson). The appellant in this case could have been only the ICC. It’s a big flaw (in the process),” Patel had said on Thursday.

Srinivasan’s stance is somewhat expected. On Thursday, The Telegraph had reported that Srinivasan, who has been effectively suspended as the president of the BCCI, took a ‘conscious decision’ to stay neutral and give CEO David Richardson complete freedom to decide whether the ICC would appeal against judicial commissioner’s not-guilty verdict for Anderson.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid had slammed the not-guilty verdict given to Anderson and said that the administrators of the game have sent out a “wrong message” by letting off the England pacer without any punishment.

“The message we’ve given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it’s okay to do this stuff (abuse), which I think is wrong. I think there needed to be some sort of action taken,” Dravid had said.The incident took place as the players were leaving for lunch during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge.