The outcome of the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja fracas is likely to tilt in India’s favour after it was learnt that the BCCI’s defence counsel had procured incriminating evidence, including video footage of the alleged incident between the two cricketers at Trent Bridge.
This could mean that the English fast bowler is banned for at least two Tests, which will rule him out of the ongoing series, and the Indian all-rounder’s guilty verdict for a Level 1 offence is over-turned. Anderson’s hearing is scheduled to be held on Friday when Jadeja’s appeal will also be heard.
The BCCI had earlier asked for video evidence before Jadeja’s hearing with match referee David Boon but were informed that it wasn’t available.
The latest development though has strengthened the Indian board’s stand on appealing Boon’s judgement that found the 25-year-old guilty of having indulged in ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’ and cost him 50 per cent of his match fee.
With footage in tow, they will also be confident of proving their Level 3 charge against Anderson for having pushed and abused Jadeja as the players walked off the field for the lunch-break on the second day of the first Test in Nottingham.
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The ECB had responded to that original complaint with one of their own, alleging that Jadeja had turned and approached Anderson in a threatening manner and charging him with a Level 2 offence.
The match referee’s ruling though had claimed that he wasn’t ‘comfortably satisfied’ that it was a Level 2 offence. But he had insisted that Jadeja was guilty of a lesser breach. The BCCI had come out strongly against the verdict, condemning it, while even skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had publicly voiced his displeasure over it. Dhoni will be one of the witnesses present at the hearing, which will be held via videoconference and supervised by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, along with coach Duncan Fletcher, physiotherapist Evan Speechly and the defence counsel.
The rest of the Indian team will leave for Manchester after the conclusion of the third Test while Dhoni and those involved with the hearing will stay back in Southampton.