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Ball is back in ICC court

BCCI asks the world body’s CEO to appeal against the verdict that cleared Anderson.

England's James Anderson during a training session at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Source: Reuters) England's James Anderson during a training session at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Source: Reuters)
Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: August 6, 2014 10:15 am

The BCCI has raised two major objections with the ICC regarding the handling of the Anderson-Jadeja saga that ended with both players being found not guilty. In a letter to ICC chief executive David Richardson, which was accessed by The Indian Express, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has not only stressed on the board’s disgruntlement with the clean-chit handed out to the England pacer but also expressed concern over steward David Doyle’s involvement in the judicial proceedings. By persuading the ICC to exercise its right of appealing the verdict of judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, the Indian board has now thrown the ball in the world body’s court.

The BCCI have classified their two grouses as being the ICC’s position in the ‘case against Anderson’ and ‘the numerous procedural issues which have arisen in relation to the matter under the Code of Conduct’. “The BCCI was consequently disappointed that the Judicial Commissioner did not impose any sanction on Mr Anderson notwithstanding the abusive and threatening language that he directed towards the Indian batsmen and notwithstanding the fact that Mr Anderson admitted that he pushed Ravindra Jadeja,” the letter said.

On Tuesday, an ICC press release confirmed that it had received Lewis’ written decision and that Richardson had until August 10 to lodge an appeal against it.

Following a lengthy hearing held last Friday in Southampton, commissioner Lewis had pointed at a lack of video evidence and biased testimonies to pass a not-guilty verdict on Anderson, despite the fast bowler having admitted to have pushed Jadeja, which was the original Level 3 charge laid against him. But it is the testimony of Doyle, the steward who was positioned at the bottom of the stairs leading to the changing room at Trent Bridge and was witness to the alleged incident between the two cricketers, that has irked the BCCI.

Doyle had initially submitted a written statement alleging that Jadeja had suddenly turned around and walked in the direction of the England players before Dhoni had stopped him. In their letter, the BCCI have claimed that this statement was inappropriately provided to the ECB, which in a way gave them an unfair advantage when it came to conjuring a Level-2 offence charge against Jadeja in response to the one laid on Anderson by the Indian team management.

‘A Tactical step’

Patel has claimed that Doyle was used as a ‘prosecution witness’ by the ECB, and that the English board had relied singularly on the evidence provided by him.

“The BCCI considers that it was inappropriate for the statement of Mr Doyle, and the other stewards, to have been provided to the ECB in advance of them responding to the charge against Mr Anderson. By doing so the ECB was not only able to construct a defence to that charge but to construct a case against …continued »

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