England hit Jadeja with Level 2 charge
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.