In their letter to the International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson, the BCCI have also touched upon the failed deal that Paul Downton, managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, had tried to strike with Indian coach Duncan Fletcher. “The ICC will note that the evidence of Duncan Fletcher regarding his exchanges with Mr Downton has never been disputed by the ECB,” the letter said.
Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo has reported that, “Indeed this charge, too, wouldn’t have been laid had England’s attempts at negotiations with India succeeded. India’s coach Duncan Fletcher testified during the hearing that Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, tried to convince India to lay a Level 2 charge.”
“The judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, who presided over the case via video link from Australia, heard that Downton tried to convince Fletcher against taking such strong action. Fletcher said that when he didn’t agree, Downton threatened him with a counter charge against Jadeja — a threat that was eventually carried out,” the website reported. Though Fletcher was present during the hearing, he wasn’t there as a witness. The witnesses on the Indian side instead were skipper MS Dhoni, physio Even Speechly, Ravichandran Ashwin and Gautam Gambhir.