India in England 2014 July 15, 2014

Anderson charged in Jadeja incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

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England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for allegedly "abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja" on the second day of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Anderson faces a ban of at least two Tests if he is found guilty as the minimum sanction for a Level 3 violation is four suspension points and two equates to missing one Test. He now faces a hearing which, according to the ICC code, needs to take place within 14 days.

The complaint was not brought by the umpires but by the India team manager, Sunil Dev, who told ESPNcricinfo he lodged the complaint only after confirming the incident with India captain MS Dhoni, other players and coach Duncan Fletcher. Players from both sides could be called to give evidence at the hearing.

"Mahi [Dhoni] and everyone complained that he [Anderson] physically touched him [Jadeja] and pushed him. It was all over the dressing room," Dev said. "It is serious matter only because you can't push anybody. So I put in a complaint with the match referee."

The ECB reacted with surprise and anger that India had reported Anderson for what they described as a "minor incident" in a press release. In retaliation, the ECB notified its intention of lodging a complaint against Jadeja as well.

"James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged," the board said.

Though Dev did not respond to the ECB reaction, another India team official said had it actually been a minor incident, it would not have warranted a complaint.

The alleged incident took place after the players left the field for lunch on the second day and that it was reportedly a continuation of a verbal altercation between Anderson and Jadeja as they were walking off.

Anderson was Man of the Match in the first Test after scoring 81, a maiden professional half-century, at No. 11 as part of the world record final-wicket stand 198 with Joe Root which took England from a position where they were in danger of losing the Test to one where they were able to put India under pressure on the final day.

During India's second innings Anderson had Jadeja caught behind shortly after lunch on the final day, his fourth and last wicket for a match which was back-breaking work for the pace bowlers.

There has been debate about whether Jadeja will keep his place for the Lord's Test ahead of offspinner R Ashwin, after going wicketless in 35 overs at Trent Bridge, although indications are that India could remain unchanged, which means he and Anderson will be head-to-head again in the middle.

Anderson was charged under Article 2.3.3, 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.

"Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication," the ICC continued. "As such, where required under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judicial Commissioner who will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. These details will be announced in due course.

"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."

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  • t on July 17, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    now that it's come out that Complaint against Anderson was made in 24 hours ( the people who cast aspersions on India for "waiting 5 days" must feel downright foolish, no? similarly others casting aspersions without knowing any facts of the case but jumping to their own conclusions based on their biases for/against a particular player should hold their horses till facts come out or they'll also be similarly vacuous. besides i didnt think there was anything wrong in waiting for a while. serious charges like these which can throw a black mark on the player need to be thought through with a cool mind & not made in heat of the moment bcoz the mark will always be there. fact that india has stuck to their charge means it was a very serious incident as they're not the type to unnecessarily stir the pot or indulge in gamesmanship (unlike other sides)

  • Suraj on July 17, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    It is unfortunate that the "spat" between Anderson and Jadeja carried on upto the dressing rooms. ICC needs to choose the right person to adjudicate if only to avoid "giving in to India" or continuing "the old white supremacy" as has been perceived by the Boards, players and the public. Establishing what happened is most important, no one is bigger than the game itself. Good luck ICC.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @Coolcapricorn on (July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT):

    You are absolutely right. The so-called gentleman's game is the only one which has, through inaction from authorities escalated sledging, glorified by some respected senior Australian captains with a fancy name of 'mental disintegration" . I have been watching/following cricket for more than half a century, and I should add the cricketers from the South Asian Countries did NOT START it, but started giving back in kind, over a period of time. Now, they can match word for word, stare for stare, scowl for scowl, and unparliamentary language in the same kind. In my opinion, it is a disgrace to a gentleman's game.

    Even among the non-Asian teams, everyone knows , which two teams are masters of this "art" :-(

  • omkar on July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    If found guilty, Anderson should be banned. The ICC must be consistent in its decision making. There is enough precedent to support ban.

    My fellow bloggers who are castigating India for reporting the incident (which was done timely) did not sing the same tune when Gambhir was banned nor in all probability would they have done so had an Indian cricketer been the accused.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @CricketisKing what are you talking about ? It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. ? incident happen off the field -_-

  • Nish on July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @cricketisKing - totally disagree with you that sledging is part of every sport, doesn't happen in golf, tennis, athletics etc! With abuse or insults, where do you draw the line as to what is abusive or what is not? Equally something not considered offensive say in England maybe considered to be very offensive by players of a different cultural background. Moreover such minor spats leads to greater abuse, hatred & even physical altercations as in this case - destroying in an instant the good spirit in which all such sports should be played. Therefore I think it is best to draw a clear line & introduce a zero tolerance to any form of abuse, trash talk or sledging in cricket.

  • aman on July 16, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher knows both players. Why did it have to come to this?

    What are the managers for in each team? Diplomacy and getting people to make up is a critical function of the team management.

    Now it will turn into a sour series with friction between fans, players etc. on both sides.....

  • Neil on July 16, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    jw76 : Sledging or trash talking is part of every sport. There is nothing wrong with it as long as it is not abusive. It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. I do not agree with touching a person let alone physical confrontations. Those should merit some kind of a fine but banning someone for it is stupid unless the other player has been physically hurt.

  • sam on July 16, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    @YousufAhmed-We will be up against real best bowling attack in world just few months down @ their home for a full 4 tests.And their spearhead,a big l/a quick-who also happens to be worlds fastest-charging in.Tough to 'escape',that! I'm Indian,by the way.

  • Dummy on July 16, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    In the name of the game and for the safety of all players any type of abusiveness should be taken rather seriously.

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