Blow for India as ICC rejects BCCI’s review plea

Blow for India as ICC rejects BCCI's review pleaDUBAI: In yet another blow for India, the ICC today rejected BCCI’s review plea on Judicial Commissioner’s verdict pronouncing James Anderson not guilty in his altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, saying that it was satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached.

A miffed BCCI had yesterday requested ICC CEO Dave Richardson to appeal against the verdict of Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis who had found both the players not guilty of breaching ICC’s code of conduct during the first Test in Trent Bridge.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that it has received and considered the written decision of His Honor Gordon Lewis AM in respect of his findings that England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, following an extensive disciplinary hearing held in Southampton on Friday,” ICC said in a statement.

“After assessing the content of the decision, the ICC is satisfied with the reasons provided and has elected not to exercise its discretion to appeal against the decision relating to James Anderson, pursuant to clause 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct,” the statement said.

“This 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,” CEO Richardson said.

Richardson said it was a complicated case and no purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings.

“It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct. There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony.

“After carefully considering the decision by Gordon Lewis, whose vast experience was invaluable to the process over recent weeks, we believe that no further purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings,” said Richardson.

Richardson stressed that ICC’s disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent.

“The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions. 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.

“As a matter of best practice, the ICC will now review the procedures as set out in the Code and reflect upon the comments made by Gordon Lewis in his decision about how a case of this nature might better be provided for in the future.”

Commenting generally, however, on the use of offensive language, Mr Richardson said: “International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.”

“It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game,” he said.

There were reports that ICC chairman N Srinivasan had indicated that he would like to stay neutral in this matter as it involves the Indian team. The ball was entirely in Richardson’s court as he had time till August 10 to appeal.

The BCCI was left red-faced after Judicial Commissioner found both Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct during the Trent Bridge Test after a marathon six-hour hearing on August 1.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel then shot off a mail to ICC CEO asking him to appeal against the verdict.–PTI