Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Words like ‘f**k’ common on field says Matt Prior

According to the verdict, the positioning of the players ensured that any words spoken by James Anderson from the left were directed at MS Dhoni in the middle and not at Ravindra Jadeja on the right. But that is not what the pacer had been charged with in the first place. Source: File Photo According to the verdict, the positioning of the players ensured that any words spoken by James Anderson from the left were directed at MS Dhoni in the middle and not at Ravindra Jadeja on the right. But that is not what the pacer had been charged with in the first place. Source: File Photo
Express News Service | Southampton | Posted: August 4, 2014 3:04 am | Updated: August 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Believes Matt Prior, who in his role as a witness in the Jadeja-Anderson hearing said so to judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis. That, and umpire Oxenford not finding MS Dhoni being called a ‘f**king fat c**t’ by Anderson serious enough to lodge a report, forced Lewis to conclude in his written verdict that ‘this exchange taken at its worst does not warrant any disciplinary action’. Excerpts from the verdict.

In the matter of a level 3 offence alleged by ICC to have been committed by Mr James Anderson on the 10th July, 2014. 

In the matter of an appeal by Mr Jadeja against a decision by the Match Referee dated 25th July, 2014.

Although these two disciplinary matters were heard together, that did not alter the fact that two separate charges against different players were before this disciplinary tribunal, involving offences alleged at two different levels and thus requiring the application of two different standards of proof.

The first in time involves a charge against Mr Anderson that he has committed a level 3 offence under the Code in that he has breached Article 2.3.3 in that he has been guilty of conduct that is either: (a) contrary to the spirit of the game, or (b) brings the game into disrepute.

The conduct complained of is verbally threatening Mr Jadeja at the end of the morning session Thursday 10 July 2014, while players were still on the field but leaving for lunch and/or by pushing Jadeja in the back while in the corridor to the changing rooms and/or by aggressively telling Jadeja to get back to his dressing room.

The totality of the level 3 charge against Anderson can be broken down into three specific happenings.

1. A verbal exchange at the boundary line between Anderson and Jadeja, with Mr. Dhoni present, on 10th July, 2014.

2. A physical incident in the corridor leading to the changing rooms in which Anderson is alleged to have pushed Jadeja in the back.

3. Anderson, using obscene language to tell Jadeja to go to his dressing room.

I will deal with these matters a seriatim. As with virtually everything else happening as the players left the field for lunch, there are conflicting versions of what happened. Jadeja made a statement and gave oral evidence that Anderson continued to abuse him after lunch break.

Although Jadeja says he continued…

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