India in England 2014

Charges laid against Anderson after mediation failed

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July 16, 2014

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Chappell: Administrators let on-field exchanges go too far

The Indian team's complaint against James Anderson over an alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja was brought to the ICC's notice on Friday, July 11, around 24 hours after the incident during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge. On Tuesday, Anderson was charged with a Level 3 offence for allegedly "pushing and abusing" Jadeja on the second day of the Test.

The complaint by the Indians had suggested Level 3 charges against Anderson, which immediately put the matter outside the purview of match officials. The ICC was then required to study the situation in greater detail in order to ascertain whether the charges were valid.

Before formal charges were laid against Anderson, it is understood an ICC lawyer flew to England on Friday and spoke to both sides to see if the issue could be resolved. When that did not happen, the matter went through a legal process: on Sunday evening, the Indian team informed the England side that a Level 3 charge was being brought against Anderson and the formal "notice of charge" was issued on Tuesday. The ICC's judicial commissioner, who will hold a hearing on the matter, can be appointed only after the ECB formally replies to this "notice of charge".

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 points equates to missing one Test. He now faces a hearing, which according to the ICC code, needs to take place within 14 days. Anderson is the first player to be charged with a Level 3 offence in international cricket since Harbhajan Singh in 2008. Harbhajan was charged for making a racist comment against Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, and was handed a three-match ban before eventually being docked 50% of his match fees as the charges were not proven.

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

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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Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (July 17, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

The players are human beings first. Not everybody can stand calmly and listen to the opposition players saying "things" about your father, mother, wife and children. There are instances when the very player talking about opposition player lose the temper when he gets answered with "quotes" about his family. Aggression is OK within the limits. By saying and doing uncalled things to the opposion player you are leaving yourself vulnerable to consequences. If the opponent lets it go, you are fine. But if the opponent decides to file a complaint, then you pay the price. Its in your control until you say or do it. Once its said or done, you are at his mercy. These players must know better and do things in his control better.

Posted by DocBindra on (July 17, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

If you do the crime, then be ready to do the time...NO EXCUSES!!! Mr. Cookie seems to think that India has nothing better to do than make false accusations to gain an advantage??? ...because MS has a history of doing this, right? What a joke. Other than Australia, no other team sledges more than England...NO ONE!!! These are the times I thank god for BCCI.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (July 17, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Cook's position is baffling. "I wouldnt ask my player tone down on aggression, I like it when he behaves like that"!!!??? Really?? I dont think he would be saying the same thing if one of his player was the victim.

Posted by switchmitch on (July 17, 2014, 8:15 GMT)


Make is short and fast Get ready in the slips

are encouraging words.

This guy has no clue.... This guy has more edges This guy doesn't know to use his bat....

"This guy" is not the bowler and whoever is saying that has no business to goad the opposition (directly or indirectly). I do understand that far worse things are said in the heat of the moment and competitiveness but what I am objecting to is the deliberate use of sledging as a tactic in the game.

Who has to police it? The umpires. They rely on technology for pretty much everything else - catches, LBWs, runouts, (even no balls for God's sake) but this is one thing they can do well. They can stomp the guy who has too much or too many things to say, too many times on the field. This unfortunately is not happening. These umpires have been so quiet for so many years that the players have dragged "the line of no control", far beyond what can deemed incendiary in local grade cricket.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (July 17, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Guess England players should have known better. Like Dhoni said, it used to be the case when "go and start something with an India player and when they retaliate, file a complaint against him". Now the table has turned. If England think Anderson is their key player, he should not start or involve in incidents like this. Thus he can avoid getting the ban. You cant have it both ways can you? Either let your cricket do the talking for you (like Cook suggested - a bit late though), or do the talking and go through the consequences.

Posted by dunger.bob on (July 17, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

@ Herath-UK: "However one thing that has come clear is both Sri Lanka & India did not back down which was taken for granted in the past when they felt they were offended." .. Oh yes, that is abundantly clear. In fact, they seem to like making quite a point of it.

Posted by toucheandsuch on (July 17, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

If indeed this incident can be verified by neutral folks, it is despicable and Anderson must be fined. It does not matter if someone thinks BCCI is throwing it's weight around or that there is a Chennai Super Kings connection between Dhoni & Jadeja. If the fact is that Anderson pushed Jadeja or worst still hit him, then it is an offence with clear consequences. Let's all remember that Harbhajan's squabble with Symonds was verbal and he was was still punished. If I am right that was the first level 3 offence brought to justice by the ICC.

I don't understand why people are taking silly positions on this issue. There should be NO COMPROMISE with such behaviour!!

Posted by Jaganplus on (July 17, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

England is playing right into India's hands by trying to get Jadega banned :)

If Anderson pushed or crossed physical line, he can apologize or given lesser punishment. Of course crossing a physical line is not acceptable . This is a boring series between 2 really boring captains. This might be the most exciting thing that will happen in the tour. My point being no one wants to watch this series w/o anderson.

Posted by DragonCricketer on (July 16, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Ban sledging? @switchmitch said this. But how to police? We Aussies call it "Encouraging the bowler" How do you stop players from saying o the bowler. "Make it short and fast. This guys got no idea." "Get ready in slips, This guys got more edges than a Rubiks Cube." "I don't know why hr brought his bat. Hes not using it.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (July 16, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

It will be boring without Anderson. Captains should try to sort it out for the sake of fans. Mountain out of mole hill, in my opinion.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 16, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

As an Indian, I feel this matter should have sorted out among the captains and the two players involved, But for Cook to go out and blast India calling it a tactic on our part clearly shows Cook is not Captaincy material. First they cried fould against SL for Butlers run out inspite of warning, and now this. Mr. Cook as much respect I have for you as a fan, I am disappointed in you and if you expect us to be quite and not do anything about all the tactics that you guys are playing, then you are mistaken. The India team of yester years would have kept quite but not anymore. As Chappell said, they now-a-days allow a lot of chatter both on and off the field which should be curtailed. Respect the Game of cricket, respect the players and go on with one's business. At the end of the day it is only a game. Mr Cook remember it takes two to Tango and also What goes around comes around.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 16, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

@Amar_bw, its probably so they can make a judgement call, but also evidence would either exonerate or implicate one or both players.

It may not be accusing the Indian team of lying just exaggerating the extent of the altercation, in order to gain advantage. If that is the case then I think that there needs to be sanctions against the Management team and captain.

Posted by Amar_bw on (July 16, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Why people are asking about evidence? If this did happen then Indian team and England team knows about it. Are people who are asking for evidence actually suggesting that Indian team may be lying?

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 16, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@switchmitch, "do not see players mouthing off in intensely competitive games like Tennis", really McEnroe, Jimmy Connor, Vera Zvonareva, Nadal, Sampras, Roddick, Serena Williams, and many others, in MMA the purpose is to hit the other opponent. In an MMA bout the equivalent would be sitting down over a cup of tea to discuss the pent up rage. I'm sure it happens in other competitive sports as well.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 16, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

This should not have happened & will make the matches an acrimonious affair between them sadly hereafter. However one thing that has come clear is both Sri Lanka & India did not back down which was taken for granted in the past when they felt they were offended.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Is there any evidence? Video footage? Or is it a case of my word against yours?

Posted by katilya28 on (July 16, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

If sufficient proof does not exist against Anderson then no action should be taken. No one wants a series without Anderson. Sufficient hints should be given to Anderson to reign him in as Physical contact in cricket is unacceptable. If India wants to beat England it should be with Anderson playing for England.

Posted by Triple_A on (July 16, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

ICC should look into this matter and if there is reasonable evidence for Jadeja's claim, then Anderson should be punished.

Posted by rizzjohn on (July 16, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

We,Indians could have done without this. The Test matches are already losing attraction and i find it very hard to motivate to watch these matches.

I know there's a lot at stake , what with the amount of money involved, but at the end of the day it's a sport and sorry,a handshake or a hug is what is required. Lawyers for such petty things!

Posted by switchmitch on (July 16, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Jimmy Anderson always has a lot to say on the field, which in modern sporting parlance is "sportsmanship". If he did shove and abuse Jadeja during the break, he should be penalized. If jadeja was the one who instigated this behavior, he should also be penalized. In fact, all people who use their mouths on the field should be penalized. It is ridiculous to pass off sledging as gamesmanship. We do not see players mouthing off in intensely competitive games like Tennis, Badminton or even MMA (which is a bloody war). You don't need a rule book to judge behavior, so, why should Cricketers be allowed to hide behind this gamesmanship farce??

Posted by AFanOfGoodCricket on (July 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Should have been sorted out by talking. Really bad on both sides. Its only 1 test played. Doesn't bode well for so long a series.

Posted by Buttax on (July 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

@LillianThomson if too much familiarity led to this, then the Indian and Sri Lankan players would be at each others throats by now given how frequently the two teams have met on the field in the last few years.

On the contrary, familiarity probably helps in getting to know each other and if Anderson and Jadeja knew each other more, the likelihood is it would never have come to this.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (July 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

I surprised that this got so far. They showed the visuals of players of walking off,at lunch or tea at second day's play (when the purported incident was supposed to have occured) i did not see anything dramatic, on the contrary the players were smiling and all was good. I dnot think this is something that cannot be sorted out by two adults with a drink of the right spirits in hand........bringing lawyers and rules and regulations......seriously......what a mess......

Posted by StJohn on (July 16, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

It's a pity that players behave like this - it is just a game of cricket at the end of the day, with no need for animosity or silly goings-on. Anderson can be a really great bowler on his day, but he does seem to have a rather chippy side to him that winds others up.

Posted by cricketpurist on (July 16, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

"Everything which happens inside dressing room will remain in dressing room" is the line every cricketer maintains then why make it public and leave everything to peoples imagination!!

Posted by a4abhik on (July 16, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

@LillianThompson : That can not stand as justification for such misconducts. And its unlikely to be the case here anyway. England and India are playing each other after enough considerable gap. By the way, if you are already feeling sick about Eng v Ind just after one test, may God help your patience mate, and Jimmy too ! :)

Posted by o-bomb on (July 16, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Both of these players have far too much to say on the field. For 1 to accuse the other of verbal abuse is massively hypocritical. If there was a push then that is something to complain about, but I really get the feeling that these 2 should just shut up and get on with playing. Surely this can be resolved without all this hoo-har.

Posted by arnie66 on (July 16, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

I'm an Indian cricket fan but I believe that Dhoni has totally mishandled this situation. Based on the information so far, this is definitely not a Level 3 offence and has been escalated needlessly. In the heat of the competition, sometimes there would be situations which would get a little out of hand but as an experienced international cricketer, Dhoni should have had a discussion with Cook, Anderson, Jadeja and sorted this out. This looks like an immature act that's resulting from some previous issues with Anderson or the English Cricket team. BCCI should talk to Dhoni\Jadeja andrequest them to sort this out with the English cricketers.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

The Indians didn't need to do this. This could easily have been sorted out between the two camps.

Posted by cutekumar on (July 16, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

If Jimmy is guilty he should be punished. Atleast I hope ICC will give appropriate punishment without any bias.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 16, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

@Jus 1 test into the series and we have such incidents.With a whole series left and these 2 teams in play we could for some ugly scenes.Case for the umps./match ref. to be on the watch from now on.

Posted by LillianThomson on (July 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Without seeking to apportion blame, it is always dangerous for any two teams to play each other too frequently.

We saw this with the Gatting/Rana affair in 1987.

Unfortunately, the Boards of the self-styled "Big Three" have designed a future schedule based on economics rather than sport, in which they play endless and interminable series against one another. After 29 wickets in five days I'm already sick of England v India.

But more to the point, the players' frustrations grow and proliferate if they encounter one another too often,

I fear much, much more of this.

Posted by Siddee on (July 16, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding are you really saying punishing for the misconduct in Cricket is not good for Cricket ???.. Players should be punished if they behaved poorly. If Jadeja started the incident, he should be also punished. Then what for we are having ICC, ECB, BCCI boards..

Posted by sasisurineni on (July 16, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Sad to see that lawyers involved in game and taking this seriously is not good for Game. Because this is just the beginning of series rather taking the matter legally, i fell both players along with team members should have resolved it sensibly.

Posted by GR8GAUR on (July 16, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

this article is a perfect reply to those who questioned Indian team's timing that why the delay?? The matter was brought to the notice of concerned authorities within 24 hours and media showing it now.

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (July 16, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Ridiculous that this needs to go through an ICC 'process'. An apology, a handshake, a drink and just get on with it. What is so hard about that?

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 16, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

I feel sad that this type of thing occurs, rather than sorting it out and having a drink in the bar as would have happened in times past, everyone has to get lawyers involved, its not good for the game.

From the footage as both teams walked off for lunch it seemed to be quite jovial with Prior and one of the Indian batsmen having a laugh, what went wrong in the gap between the gate and the doors to the dressing room.

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