Rajeev Shukla, the former chairman of Indian Premiere League has expressed his disapproval at ICC’s decision to fine Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja 50% of his match fees. “Fine on jadeja is unfair Icc should reconsider,”tweeted Shukla. The apex body of cricket earlier, found Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident with England fast bowler James Anderson on the second day of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.
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 at Southampton.
David Boon who was 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”. He said that he was comfortably satisfied that Jadeja had committed a Level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code. He thereby exerted his discretionary powers and announced the verdict.This came after the hearing took place for two and a half hours. Statements of the witnesses concerned were recorded and all the available video footages were examined.
The hearing took place at Southampton on Thursday. Both the accused players accompanied by their legal counsels, witnesses as well as Neale, BCCI’s MV Sridhar, Paul Downton of the ECB, and ICC’s Ethics and Regulatory lawyer attended the hearing.
It was reported that the incident happened when players were leaving 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.
Meanwhile, James Anderson was charged under a level 3 offence and may face a ban between two and four Tests, or four and eight ODIs, whichever games are first. Two suspension points equate to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs. Jadeja was charged with a Level 2 offence.