India in England 2014 July 27, 2014

Richardson tells captains to not 'undermine' ICC judiciary process

ESPNcricinfo staff

ICC chief executive David Richardson has come out in support of match referee David Boon's verdict on Ravindra Jadeja, relating to the incident with James Anderson at Trent Bridge, and said MS Dhoni's critical comments on the ruling "undermine" the judiciary process. All parties involved, including Dhoni and Alastair Cook, he said, should "respect the process".

Jadeja was found guilty of a Level 1 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct and fined 50% of his match fee by Boon. However, the verdict didn't go down well with the BCCI and Dhoni, who called it a "hurtful verdict" and said that Jadeja had only turned to look at an England player who was allegedly directing foul language at him. Cook, however, despite admitting he did not see the incident, suggested that India might be exaggerating the seriousness of it in order that Anderson could be forced out of the series.

"England captain Alastair Cook and, more recently, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have made public comments relating to the alleged incident that took place during the first Test at Trent Bridge, the latter of which is critical of and undermines the ICC disciplinary process," Richardson said on Sunday.

"The ICC would also like to reiterate its full support of the process followed and respect for the decision made by David Boon. ICC Code of Conduct hearings of this nature are, generally speaking, difficult processes to work through, with detailed legal submissions, witness statements and oral witness testimony. We are satisfied that Mr Boon carefully and comprehensively considered the evidence and submissions presented to him at the hearing, which included conflicting evidence from both sides, prior to making his decision.

"In legal matters such as this, the ICC takes extremely seriously its duty as administrators of the game. Therefore, I request all stakeholders to respect the process which remains ongoing and remind them of their duties to the integrity of the process and the sport so that we can focus on the game of cricket itself."

The incident 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. India also disputed testimonies given at the hearing by England players Matt Prior and Ben Stokes that Jadeja's bat was raised dangerously when he turned towards Anderson, and that Jadeja had pushed Anderson first. India claim Jadeja neither touched nor swore at anyone.

Anderson's hearing will be held on Friday August 1 in Southampton and will be conducted by the ICC-appointed Judicial Commissioner, Gordon Lewis.

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  • Rajan on July 31, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    I am glad Richardson has finally done something that he should have done when Cook made that gratuitous comment that India were trying to get Anderson out of the series, and then proceeded to put his foot in it by saying that he hadn't seen the incident, and knew nothing about it. Cricket requires a zero-tolerance policy towards the sledging and abusiveness that has degraded the one-gentleman'sgame. However, no one seems to be thanking India, one of the teams constantly at the receiving end of this verbal and behavioral violence, for finally doing something about it. Hope they carry on doing the same thing in Australia.

  • Jegan on July 28, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    India may won the second test taking 1-0 lead up to the third test but I just understand the fact of picking Rohit instead of Ashwin... When ur main strike bowler Ishant is injured u just need to think who is going to get you 20 wickets to win the test match... While picking up Rohit, Dhoni clearly showing that he is playing for a draw... Its not a good sign being captain for so long still he makes the same mistake and continues ...... He is so defensive as a test captain time to find a replacement.

  • vas on July 28, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Dhoni has been captaining for too long. Time for a change in captaincy.

  • ESPN on July 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    ICC should not be more aggressive with captains making public comments

  • Tom on July 27, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Can anyone confirm whether ICC has any powers to punish those who "undermine the judiciary"? Or can they only issue statements saying "please don't do it"?

  • Android on July 27, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Every cricketer should be allowed to express his views. This unofficial gag order on players makes the system opaque.

  • Shuraim on July 27, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Finally ICC does something logical by stepping in between rather than sitting back watching the show, now it's up to judiciary to decide Anderson's fate and comments of captains on both sides should stop creating unnecessary hype.

  • Next on July 27, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    David Richardson is talking like a true politician now!

  • mosey on July 27, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Let us wait to see ECB's reaction when Anderson gets his verdict. Looking forward to that?

  • Donna on July 27, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    But you see sir, If Dhoni witnessed the whole incident and the decision does not reflect what he saw with his own eyes he would have a problem with it. By the way, is the match referee trained in legal maters?

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