India in England 2014 July 25, 2014

Jadeja fined for Anderson incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50% of his match fees after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident with England fast bowler James Anderson during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

The BCCI has, however, said it was not satisfied with the verdict and said it reserved its right to appeal against it. According to the ICC appeal's process, though, penalties on a Level 1 offence are non-appealable, unless it is a second such penalty levied on the player within a 12-month period. Jadeja was docked 10% of his match fees for using offensive language against Shane Watson in an ODI in November 2013, but that was under section 2.1.4 of the code, while this is a level 2.1.8 offence, meaning this instance does not qualify for appeal.*

Jadeja had been charged with a Level 2 offence, brought by England team manager Phil Neale in response to India charging Anderson with a Level 3 offence. Anderson's hearing will be held via videoconference on August 1, a day after the scheduled end of the third Test.

David Boon, the match referee, stated he was "not comfortably satisfied" that Jadeja's role in the incident amounted to a Level 2 offence. Boon, however, stated Jadeja was guilty of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

"Under Article 6.1 of the Code, I had to be comfortably satisfied that the offence had occurred in order to find Mr Jadeja guilty of an offence under Article 2.2.11," Boon said in an ICC release.

"While I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably satisfied that this was a Level 2 offence. Therefore, in exercising my discretion under Article 7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a Level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code."

Jadeja's hearing was held in Southampton on Thursday and was attended by both the players, their legal counsels, witnesses as well as Neale, BCCI's MV Sridhar, Paul Downton of the ECB, and ICC's Ethics and Regulatory lawyer.

The incident involving Anderson and Jadeja is reported to have taken place as the players were leaving the field for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. India alleged Anderson abused and pushed Jadeja, while England alleged Jadeja turned and approached Anderson in a threatening manner.

Anderson was charged under a Level 3 offence and, if found guilty, faces a ban for between two and four Tests, or four and eight ODIs, whichever games are first. Two suspension points equate to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs. Jadeja was charged with a Level 2 offence.

*14.30GMT, July 25: This article has been updated after the ICC clarified the section under which Jadeja was penalised.

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  • arjun on July 27, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    "So It appears that there was more to the incident than we were lead to believe by Indias management team.' --------------- Yes, and that is some people from English team lying about the incident.

  • ESPN on July 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I think England will come strong in this series

  • Jason on July 25, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    So It appears that there was more to the incident than we were lead to believe by Indias management team. IF Anderson was acting in self-defence ie putting his hand out to hold Jadeja back then I don't see how you can fine or ban Anderson for taking what is a reasonable action that anyone would take if threatened.

    Or does that mean I cant 'hand' off someone who's coming towards me in a threatening manner in the street.

  • kumar on July 25, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    there were no issues when ENG visited India but there are always issues when India visits ENG. I don't if it a coincidence butI feel ENG is not a good host based on 2011 and 2014 series.

  • Rakesh on July 25, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    The players should speak through their performances. One of the reasons I am not a fan of the Aussies is that they have made sledging an ART by calling it mind games. It does not have a place in sports. Indian were always subdued and got the wrong side of the stick before but now that India is a financial cricketing powerhouse its players will not take it and keep crying about it. They will give it back. Where is this going to take cricket?

  • john on July 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    For India to get stronger in this series I feel they need to improve the seam bowling the only two bowlers performing are Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma so far they need Varun Arron and Mohamed Shami to be firing to win 4-0 or 3-0 it is very achievable against the poor England team of cricketers like the aussies showed. Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and many of Englands left handers have been getting a free ride. The best way to dismiss them is too go round the wicket and bowl line and lenght then throw in a couple off bouncers and its all over Moeen Ali is very poor against the boucer delivered from around the wicket even Shami could see him as a walking wicket the same ploy would work for Cook and Bell too.

  • Android on July 25, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    I strongly feel that players foolish enough to respond to sledging deserve losing their wicket or worse getting fines. I feel the person starting the instance should get minimum 3 times the punishment . Sledging is not gamesmanship or tactics, it stems from disrespect for the opposition and for the Sport. It shows that a person think he is above the game.

  • paul on July 25, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    There has certainly been a calming down in Andersons' totally over the top, confrontational behaviour, seemingly after every ball he bowls.The only time I have seen him as subdued as he was at Lords, was when he was being given a rather testing examination of his batting technique by a certain Mitchell Johnson not so long ago.

  • Indian on July 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Sir will pay the peanuts.. and move ahead to continue demolition of England.. wield the sword Sir Ravi Jadeja!!

  • Kuldeep on July 25, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Thank you Boon, this will only make India and Jadjea come out stronger in the next match.

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