It is learnt that the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is unhappy with the verdict in the James Anderson–Ravindra Jadeja Pushing Saga and is all set to appeal to the ICC against the verdict. It was ruled that James Anderson was not found guilty of Level 3 offence which was caded by the Indian board. The ICC Judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis ruled the verdict in favour of Anderson due to lack of video evidence and impartial testimony.
After an incident involving Anderson and Jadeja in the Nottingham Test, Jadeja was charged with level 1 offence and was fined 50 % of his match fee by the commissioner Lewis. Jadeja was allowed to appeal and the verdict on Anderson was revealed on August 1. The BCCI has requested the ICC to appeal the verdict.
A judicial commissioner’s verdict can be challenged by the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson or by the concerned player. The ICC has made it clear that the concerned party must file an appeal within seven days of the receipt of the original written verdict by the ICC’s Head of Legal. ICC will appoint a panel consisting of three members of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, who will hear the matter from the beginning and has the rights to increase or decrease, amend or substitute the previous sentence/decision.
With the fourth test scheduled to begin in two days’ time, BCCI hope to have the verdict of the appeal before the match begins. The British Media mocks the decision of BCCI and claims that this is a tactic by the Indian board and skipper MS Dhoni to stop Anderson from taking part in the fourth test. The fourth test of the five match series begins on 7th August 2014 at Old Trafford, Manchester with both the teams have won a match each.
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