The ICC have decided not to yield to the BCCI’s request of lodging an appeal against judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis’ verdict that found James Anderson not guilty of the Level 3 charge levelled on him for having pushed and abused Ravindra Jadeja in Nottingham. The England fast bowler had been given a clean-chit owing to a lack of evidence. But not satisfied with the outcome of the hearing, the BCCI had written a letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson, the only official who can exercise his right of appealing the verdict.
While insisting that there was no place for personal abuse in cricket, the former South African wicket-keeper revealed that the ICC was satisfied with the manner in which Lewis had reached his decisions. This after the BCCI had cast a number of doubts over the handling of the Anderson case in their letter.
“The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions. We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action,” Richardson said.
Despite their original request having been rejected, the BCCI are yet to give up on the matter. According to a board official, it’s likely that they will ask the ICC to reconsider their stand on appealing the verdict.
“We will be discussing the issue with our office bearers. We might be sending another letter to Mr Richardson and reiterating that this is a serious matter of concern for the BCCI. We are helpless otherwise as we have to follow the protocol,” the offical explained.
In his response, Richardson also reminded everyone concerned, including the captains, players and coaches, of their responsibility of avoiding the use of offensive language on the field.
Meanwhile speaking on the eve of the fourth Test in Manchester, Indian captain MS Dhoni said: “I did something that was right and I stand for what’s right and what’s wrong. If something wrong is happening, I will go against it, irrespective of who is doing it. If one of my players gets fined and if he has not crossed the line I will definitely go and defend him. If he has crossed that line I won’t come with him, and he will have to face the consequences alone.”
“The kind of competition and pressure that we face today, an individual may neglect it to some extent. But if someone is consistent with his abuse he should be punished. Doesn’t matter who he is. Once the umpire goes and tells him we have had enough, foul language should not be used. That’s the point where if the individual doesn’t curb himself, he needs to be punished,” he added.
England skipper Alastair Cook on the other hand defended his fast bowler’s attitude, claiming that Anderson if anything had a ‘split personality’.
“I’ve been round for dinner with Jimmy and he doesn’t use that language with mum and dad. It’s the same as a rugby player. I’m not sure every rugby player walks down the street wanting to tackle every person he sees. But you have to get yourself in that right mental state for you personally to perform. That’s when it’s important and that’s why he has that slightly split personality,” said Cook.]
He also insisted that his team was keen on continuing to play competitive cricket and there was no scope of being too ‘nicey-nicey’.