Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Ravindra Jadeja fined for James Anderson fracas

James Anderson could get at least two-match ban if he is charged (Source: AP) Jadeja and Anderson were involved in a spat during the 1st Test at Nottingham. (Source: AP)
Reuters | London | Posted: July 25, 2014 3:13 pm | Updated: July 25, 2014 4:40 pm

India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been fined half his match fee for his involvement in an altercation with England quick bowler James Anderson during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge. (Read More: James Anderson faces up to four-Test ban for ‘pushing, abusing’ Ravindra Jadeja)

The clash, which occurred as the players left the field at lunch on the second day, saw Jadeja charged with a level two misconduct charge for allegedly approaching Anderson in a threatening manner.

Anderson was charged with a level three offense for having “abused and pushed” his opponent.

Match referee David Boon found left-arm spinner Jadeja, who was batting at the time, not guilty of the offence for which he had been charged but felt his conduct was contrary to the spirit of the game. (Read more: Witnesses Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir add weight to Ravindra Jadeja story)

“While I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably satisfied that this was a level 2 offence,” Boon, the former Australia batsman, said in a statement on Friday.

“Therefore, in exercising my discretion under Article 7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code.”

Sanjay Patel, honorary secretary of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said in a statement that the governing body was not satisfied with the verdict and reserved the right to appeal.

“The BCCI believes that Mr. Ravindra Jadeja was not at fault and supports him fully.”

Anderson’s hearing will be held on Aug. 1, the day after the third test at Southampton is scheduled to finish, where he faces a possible four-test ban if he found guilty. (Read More: James Anderson’s hearing scheduled for August 1)

India lead the five-match series 1-0.

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