India in England 2014 July 16, 2014

England hit Jadeja with Level 2 charge

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India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been charged with a Level 2 offence under the ICC Code of Conduct for his alleged role in the incident involving England fast bowler James Anderson on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. The charge against Jadeja was brought by England team manager Phil Neale, in response to India charging Anderson with a Level 3 offence.

"It is alleged that after the players left the public area and entered the pavilion [for lunch], Jadeja turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner," the ICC said. Anderson is alleged to have abused and pushed Jadeja.

All Level 2 breaches carry a fine of between 50-100% of the match fee and/or up to two suspension points and come under the match referee's purview. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs.

Jadeja was reported under Article 2.2.11, 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."

Echoing the initial ECB response to India's reaction to the incident, England captain Alastair Cook expressed surprise that the exchange had generated such a serious response, describing it as "a big mountain out of a molehill." The India captain MS Dhoni, however, suggested there had been physical contact and appreciated how Jadeja had handled the incident by not losing his cool.

The Indian team's complaint against Anderson was brought to the ICC's notice on Friday, July 11, around 24 hours after the incident. 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. 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.

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  • ESPN on July 17, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    What gets me is the hypocrisy of England having cook say it's a tactic and a 'mountain out of a molehill' while simultaneously filing a charge of their own. Have already commented such twice and had it 'moderated' for some reason.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    If Anderson did indeed abuse and push Jadeja then he has to pay for it. He is not a novice, he has great many years of cricket behind him to have known better as to what not to do in that situation. The matter shouldn't have been allowed to stretch this much though. But again, this is inevitable if there won't be a crackdown on sledging. Officials are way more relaxed on field these days, and banter between two sides is often seen as no more than "little aggression necessary for healthy competition". The umpires need to step up. Warnings and fines should be handed out for any kind of sledging on field. Only that way the players will be kept in check and situations like this might be avoided.

  • John on July 17, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    I'm not at all sure it would be the worst thing in the world for Anderson to miss a couple of matches. Chris Woakes would be a pretty good like-for-like replacement, the batting would be stronger (notwithstanding Anderson's effort at Trent Bridge) and Anderson would come back fresh for the last couple of tests when the Indians were feeling the effects of a long series.

    Obviously I don't condone bad behaviour, whoever it is by, and if found to have crossed the line Anderson should be punished. I just think the Indian team might be careful what they wish for.

  • 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, 21:44 GMT

    No stress at all for India. Ashwin can easily replace Jadeja with bat or ball, but England don't have anyone close to the calibre of Anderson in the entire country.

  • Android on July 16, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Mature response from England ;o)

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    In the case that both Jadeja and Anderson were to be banned, I would think that England would suffer more, as Jadeja is replaceable by Binny/Ashwin, both of whom are much better batsmen, and Ashwin is generally a much more skilled spinner. On the other hand, for England, Anderson is irreplaceable (I'm sure Cook would agree with me here). His being banned would put in too much of a work load on Stuart Broad, which would make the English bowling much less effective. In any case, I truly believe both players should be banned. It might be unfair on one team, but for once, the ICC must be strict. Cricket is strictly a non-contact, gentle sport, and any physical altercation and contact, on or off the field, is serious enough to be punished. Simply put, Sledging == Alright. Sledging with expletives == Dubious, discouraged. Getting deliberately physical == Clear punishment, no questions asked.

  • Dru on July 16, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I thought this is all part of the game? Being aggressive and generally behaving like spoilt child. We are told all the time this is the way the game is played, mainly by the Australians. The ICC must decide what they want for the game and then define what is aggression and when is it "all part of the game" OR do not tolerate it like it shouldnt. You cant say at one moment its part of the game and next charge a guy for what is already tolerated.

  • Android on July 16, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Neither of them should be charged, both are important players for their team and punishing them would decrease the interest of fans too. Rather entire team should be fined their match fees or the respective board to be fined so that they have proper training for such players. And any way I don't want England to complain after the series that we lost just because we missed Anderson

  • Sri on July 16, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Game ON.. India can afford with out Jadeja for a match. Can ENG spare with out Anderson for 2 matches?

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