The International Cricket Council (ICC) says England bowler James Anderson will face a full disciplinary hearing on August 1 on a charge of pushing and abusing India’s Ravindra Jadeja. A preliminary hearing on Tuesday set the date.
Anderson is alleged to have pushed Jadeja when the teams were leaving the pitch at lunch on Day Two of the first Test at Trent Bridge. If the level three charge is upheld, Anderson could be banned for up to four Tests. The hearing is set for the day after the scheduled conclusion of the third Test at Southampton.
England responded to India’s complaint with a level two charge against Jadeja. The ICC says it is still working out the details of Jadeja’s hearing. Jadeja faces a one-Test ban and a fine of 50 to 100 per cent of his match fee.
The hearing came a day after India won the second Test at Lord’s to go 1-0 up in the series. In what many in India would see as poetic justice, Jadeja was the man who run out last-man Anderson in his own bowling to give India a famous win at Lord’s. The duo was later seen shaking hands after the end of the match.
Though no details were proved by the ICC, the full disciplinary hearing could witness Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin deposing before the panel. They were the ones who had witnessed Anderson pushing Jadeja.
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