India in England 2014 August 5, 2014

BCCI pushes for appeal on Anderson verdict

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC is considering a request from India to appeal the verdict in the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja pushing case. The governing body confirmed on Tuesday that it is had received a request from the BCCI and that its chief executive Dave Richardson would decide by August 10 whether to lodge a formal appeal.

Lack of video evidence and impartial testimony led to the judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis ruling that Anderson was not guilty of the Level 3 offence he was charged with by India during the course of the Trent Bridge Test. Jadeja had been convicted of a Level 1 offence, but BCCI's lawyers won a decision to appeal against it and got it overturned. Should the ICC go forward with this appeal, both decisions could be liable to change.

A judicial commissioner's decision may be challenged by the concerned player or the ICC chief executive. The appeal must be filed within seven days of receipt of the written verdict with the ICC's head of legal. A panel consisting of three members of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission will hear the matter from the beginning and has the authority to increase or decrease, amend or substitute the previous sentence/decision.

"As per the code, the BCCI cannot appeal against the order. But the ICC has got the right to appeal against the said order," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "Yesterday night, I had written a letter to David Richardson, CEO of ICC, saying that we are not happy with the order. The code has not been properly followed.

"There are too many lacunas and points under which the order can be appealed. All these points have been explained in detail in that letter. And I have also requested him that he should appeal against the order. Let us wait and see what they do now."

The head of legal will select the panel within 48 hours of the appeal. The three members have to be from the other eight Full Member nations since the dispute is between India and England. The hearing has to take place within 30 days of the panel's appointment and their decision will be final.

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  • rob on August 6, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    If the avenue is there and you feel your case is strong enough then I guess there's absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing it. That's how the system works and what's more it's how it should be.

    My only concern is this. If the BCCI wanted to make a point, they've certainly done that. I thinks it's fair to say the point has been well and truly taken. If they want justice, well, pursue it till the end. Right until there are no more avenues of appeal if they really feel their case is strong. .. But, what happens if they get to the end of the road and they still feel they haven't been served justice .. what happens then? .. I think that's the elephant in this room that we're not allowed to talk about yet.

  • Srinivas on August 6, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    YorkshirePudding - If anyone swears using a language that I do not understand, I would not even know if he is abusing me or saying something to the fielders. Why do you think they sledge? They want to get into the mind of the player and that will not happen if they keep talking in their own language.

    Plus if you think that there are going to be expletives and that is OK, then the players have to get their own protection by external means for their own sake. Plus the incident happened in a place there is no cameras. So external security should be recommended so that no players gets beaten up.

  • Tony on August 6, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    There are several issues at stake here but none more than cricket is a gentleman's game. Much as I hate to admit that all the cussing and word play make interesting viewing mostly but... It is not cricket. Everyone seems to call it " mind games" but dare I say this is a game of cricket and not " mind games". Of course there are mind games in cricket but these are done tactically and not by words or " sledging" and that's what brings the best out in the game just like a game of chess the two players on the "field" playing it out tactically without saying a word and everybody else watching having an opinion or a move. Now that's cricket.

  • Android on August 6, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Every opinion here is biased towards the country we support. Australian fans condone sledging, England fans support Anderson, India fans want a verdict of guilty. Maybe we should leave it to the governing bodies and players to do their thing and enjoy the cricket?

  • Jason on August 6, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @genuineIndianFan, no it wont, they are grown men in a highly tense situation, and there will always be expletives, the umpires are on the field and can hear what is being said, and so it is the umpires job to step in when it gets too much.

    I am all for having a feed to the 4th umpire from the stump mic's so that he can state its gone too far, but again you will get cultural differences, between the 4th umpire, and so not an even application of the rules.

    Also what about swearing in different languages, is it alright to swear and curse someone in Tamil/Singalese/Hindi/Urdu/Africaans if they don't understand the language? How is an English/Australian/SA/NZ/WI 4th official to know Tamil/Urdu/Hindi swear words?

  • ESPN on August 6, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    I believe in our calm and level headed captain.. He himself wants to pursue.. As a witness he is thinking it's not a right verdict - so let it be, why some people wants to let off this incident without getting to the bottom of it?

  • Srinivas on August 6, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    India shouldn't let this go. Decency and respect for the opponent are more important than winning matches. So, even if this is a disturbance to India's on-field performance, we need to persist until the case gets heard at the highest level/panel. If the boorish culprit goes scot-free even after approaching the highest authority/panel, we can then let it go as karma or fate. Too many boorish behaviours are continuing because people are not following through with their complaints with the highest authorities. Culprit always hopes and wishes that the victim would leave it at this. But, India would be better advised to not let this issue die and shouldn't attribute this dubious verdict to fate or karma until they leave no stone unturned. Cricket, at large, would be well served if this matter doesn't get swept under the carpet. The foul-mouths on and off the field are to be put in their places. After all, little children are watching this game along with parents and grandparents.

  • John on August 6, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    BCCI really are taking this too far now. Anderson has been found not guilty of the charge based on the fact that there is no credible, independent evidence. That doesn't necessarily mean that he isn't guilty of the charge or perhaps some lesser charge but it's been established that his guilt can't be proven. By continuing to push the matter, BCCI is now saying that they want Anderson found guilty even without evidence. That would be an extremely dangerous precedent to set. It's basically India's word against England's and BCCI is basically saying that their word should be taken as truth despite the dissent and lack of independent corroboration. If that happens then that basically says that BCCI can do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want. I think that most likely the truth of the situation is somewhere between the two versions so, while BCCI may believe that a guilty verdict is the right outcome regardless of evidence, it most likely isn't.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    We need a call for maturity here. Everyone was accorded a way to save face and move on. Yet this refuses to go away. Few seem to care, and even fewer - likely some misguided big egos - can't see past a minor confrontation and is taking the system for a ride. There are way more important battles to be won on the pitch.

  • des on August 5, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I'm no fan of Anderson but enough is enough now. Get back to the cricket.

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