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Thursday , July 17 , 2014
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Ian hits out at ICC

Bangalore: Ian Chappell feels incidents like the alleged fracas between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson in the first Test between India and England at Trent Bridge are increasing because the ICC has not been good enough to decide on such issues.

England pace spearhead Anderson has been charged for allegedly “abusing and pushing” Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test. “ICC should block this and start again — they are no good to handle on-field fracas... Probably wasn’t good when I was playing.

“Tell me when was the last time a decision was made in the best interest of the game of cricket? The decisions are made money wise,” the former Australian captain opined.

Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel following a complaint from India team manager Sunil Dev. If proven guilty, Anderson will face a ban of two to four Tests or four to eight ODIs.

Chappell said the old system of talking it out over drinks was good enough to sort out on-field conflicts. “You often realised that both were trying to win for their teams. So, the good thing about that system was you started with a scratch next day.

“There was no lingering effect of what happened on the field. Now they have got to find another way to sort it out,” he said.

According to Chappell, aggression is not about talking. “Aggression is not about talking. Generally, those who shut their mouth up are brave. There is a lot of bravado in it,” he said.

Chappell blamed ICC for letting things go out of hands. “The ICC is stupid to let this thing go out of hand, really. I am not talking about the abusive stuff, I am talking about eye-to-eye chatter,” he said.