England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street June 6, 2005

Jones cleared after bump-ball incident

Cricinfo staff

Geraint Jones: not guilty © Getty Images

England's wicketkeeper, Geraint Jones, has been cleared of a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct after a hearing relating to the dismissal of Bangladesh's opener, Nafees Iqbal, during the second Test at Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Jones, whose nine dismissals was a record for an English wicketkeeper in a home international, was called before the ICC match referee, Alan Hurst, after claiming a controversial catch to end a spirited 50-run opening stand between Iqbal and Javed Omar.

With the match already in the bag and Bangladesh fighting to avoid a two-day defeat, Nafees walked after gloving a low catch off Andrew Flintoff, but stopped and attempted to resume his innings after the TV replay screen suggested that Jones had taken the catch on the bounce.

The Bangladeshis lodged an official complaint through their tour manager, Col Latif Khan, but Jones was found not to have breached Rule C2, Level 1 of the ICC Code which relates to conduct that brings the game into disrepute.

"On the evidence presented, the actions of the player did not breach the ICC Code of Conduct," said Hurst. "Video evidence of the incident was inconclusive, and the player's intent was not proven."

The hearing was attended by Jones, Latif and Nafees, along with Dav Whatmore and Duncan Fletcher, the respective coaches. All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee.