The Indian cricket board has sent a mail to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to go in appeal against the verdict that pronounced England pacer James Anderson "not guilty" in the altercation with Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test.
Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson
Miffed by the verdict pronounced by ICC-appointed judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis which let off Anderson after he heard the complaint lodged by the Indian team against the pacer for his altercation with Jadeja during the opening Test of the five-game series, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel shot off the mail to ICC CEO David Richardson late last night. "I have written a letter last night to ICC CEO David Richardson to file an appeal against the verdict which all of us, including the team management, feel totally wrong and in violation of the particular process. Let's see what happens," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI here today.
"We, in BCCI, cannot appeal against the verdict, only the ICC can and hence I have written the letter to Richardson and I am confident a decision will be taken within the next 48 hours," Patel said. "How can he (Anderson) be pronounced not guilty after having admitted that he had pushed Jadeja. According to me so many laws in the ICC Code of Conduct had been violated in this particular process," Patel added. There is, however, no video footage of the alleged physical altercation between the duo during break of the Trent Bridge Test available to substantiate the Indians' complaint.
Richardson, who was on leave, has resumed his duties at the ICC headquarters in Dubai and has received the written copy of the verdict by Lewis and is learnt to have consulted his legal team on the matter. The latest that he can appeal to ICC is August 10 after which a three-member panel would be formed within 48 hours.
In case Richardson appeals, a three-member panel will be formed from the members of the ICC Code of Ethics committee. The three-member panel might take upto 30 days (as per ICC constitution) to give a verdict which would allow Anderson to play the entire Test series.