BCCI not satisfied with ICC’s decision to find Jadeja guilty of Level 1 breach

Dubai, July 25: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed that it is not satisfied with the ICC’s decision to find Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Code for Players and Player Support Personnel.

Jadeja was involved in an incident with James Anderson during the second day of the first cricket Test against England at Trent Bridge on 10 July and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

The BCCI revealed in a statement that it is not satisfied with the verdict and reserves its right to appeal against the sentence.

The BCCI also added that it believes that Jadeja was not at fault and supports the all rounder fully.

The ICC Match Referees had found Jadeja guilty of the offence, which he was originally charged with, but found him guilty under Article 2.1.8, that relates to ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’.

England team manager Phil Neale had reported Jadeja for a breach of Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel on 16 July for his alleged altercation with Anderson after they had left the field for lunch.

Under the Code, Mr Boon held a hearing in Southampton on Thursday evening, which was attended by both the players, their legal counsels, witnesses as well as BCCI’s MV Sridhar, Phil Neale and Paul Downton of the ECB, and the ICC’s Ethics and Regulatory Lawyer.

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.

Under article 7.6.5 of the Code, Mr Boon was empowered to find Jadeja guilty of an offence of a lower level than that with which he was charged if he found him not guilty of the original offence. (ANI)