Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50% of his match fee from the 1st test match after he was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following his involvement in an incident with England fast bowler James Anderson. Jadeja was found not guilty of the original Level 2 charge slapped against him by England. However, match referee David Boon found him guilty of ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’ and imposed the fine.
The hearing lasted nearly 150 minutes before Mr Boon and included oral statements by the players, video footage and cross-examination of the witnesses by Kendrah Potts, counsel representing the ECB, and Jonathan Ellis, who represented Jadeja.
Commenting on his decision, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, Mr. Boon said –
“Under Article 6.1 of the Code, I had to be comfortably satisfied that the offence had occurred in order to find Mr Jadeja guilty of an offence under Article 2.2.11. While I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably satisfied that this was a level 2 offence. Therefore, in exercising my discretion under Article 7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code.”
Ravindra Jadeja was found not guilty of the original charge England had put against him, that he “turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner” after the players walked into the pavilion during lunch on day two.
Jadeja was reported for a breach of Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by England team manager Phil Neale on 16 July for his alleged altercation with Anderson after they had left the field for lunch.
Anderson has been charged by India manager Sunil Dev under Level 3, Article 2.3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute”.
All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight Suspension Points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player. The hearing into the level 3 charge against Anderson will be held through video conference on August 1. The hearing will be conducted by Gordon Lewis, the Judicial Commissioner, at the conclusion of the third Test.
BCCI, meanwhile, are angry at the verdicit and said: “BCCI is not satisfied with the Jadeja verdict, and we reserve right to appeal. We believe he was not at fault, and support him fully.”