The highest body of cricket, International Cricket Council(ICC) has asked all the concerned parties to respect the judicial process and verdicts regarding the alleged incident involving Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson that occurred during the second day of the first test of the Investec Series between India and England at Trent Bridge.
Anderson’s hearing is supposed to take place on Friday while Jadeja has been found guilty of Level 1 offence and fined 50% of his match fee.
Board of Control for Cricket in India has already expressed its disapproval on ICC’s verdict. BCCI secretary, Sanjay Patel has said that the BCCI is not at all satisfied with the verdict. He has also said that the BCCI plans to appeal against the verdict as it thinks that Jadeja was not at fault and has full support of BCCI.Meanwhile, Indian captain MS Dhoni has said that the match referee David Boon neglected the facts while announcing the fine.
On Sunday, David Richardson who is the ICC chief executive expressed his dissatisfaction at Alastair Cook, the England captain, and Dhoni for speaking out against the judicial process. He said that the way England captain Cook and Indian captain Dhoni spoke out publicly against the decisions were not proper. He thinks that it undermines the disciplinary process that is being carried out by the ICC regarding the alleged incident that took place at Trent Bridge.
Richardson said that the ICC completely supports and respects David Boon’s decision to fine Jadeja and also said that process that was followed before the decision was satisfying. He also explained that the ICC Code of Conduct hearing procedures are not simple. It involves detailed legal submissions, witness statements and oral witness testimony. Richardson said that the way in which match referee, Boon carefully examined all the evidences and submissions presented to him was excellent. He said that although conflicting evidences from both sides were submitted, Boon managed to take the right decision.
According to Richardson the ICC is very serious about its responsibilities and duties as the administrators of the game. He requested all concerned parties to respect the procedures and decisions that are taken to maintain the integrity of the game so that everyone can focus solely on cricket.