Adding twist to the James Anderson–Ravindra Jadeja push gate saga, the ICC have rejected BCCI’s request to appeal against the verdict delivered in favour of Anderson. It was reported yesterday that the BCCI had appealed the verdict. ICC says that there is no place for abusive, personally insulting language against a fellow player.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson said that the outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached.
Richardson also added that the push gate saga was a complicated and sensitive matter brought against two opposition players who have breached different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct. There were conflicting evidence presented by both the sides along with a total of 13 witnesses who gave the testimony. After considering the decision by the experienced Gordon Lewis, they (ICC) believe that there is no use of prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings.
The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions over the verdict. We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action. We must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting a fellow player. It is imperative that all captains, players, coaches, umpires, referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility
The news must bolster the English quick ahead of the fourth Test that begins in Manchester in less than a day’s time.