BCCI, ICC on collision course

Jul 26, 2014, 04:38 IST | Debasish Datta

India's cricket board fumes over Ravindra Jadeja being docked 50 per cent of match fee

Southampton: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was yesterday docked 50 per cent of his match fee for the altercation with England fast bowler James Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Ravindra Jadeja
India have alleged that Jadeja was abused and pushed by Anderson in Nottingham. Pic/Getty Images.

The sentence, however, has not gone down well with the Indian camp here. The squad that is preparing for the third Test which begins tomorrow, feels Jadeja has been fined unjustly.

The Indian team manager, Sunil Dev, told mid-day: “Kamaal hai. Jadeja ne kuch kiya hi nahi and uspe bhi 50 per cent. (That’s surprising. Jadeja didn’t do any thing, yet 50 percent).”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meanwhile have decided to appeal the verdict. In a statement, the Board said: “The BCCI has taken note of the ICC Match Referee’s decision to find Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 ‘Breach of Conduct’ for his involvement in an incident on the second day of the Nottingham Test.

“The BCCI wishes to make it clear that it is not satisfied with the verdict. The BCCI reserves its right to appeal against the sentence. The BCCI believes that Mr Ravindra Jadeja was not at fault, and supports him fully.”

The incident occurred during the lunch break of the second day’s play at Nottingham during which, the Indians claim that Anderson had allegedly “abused” and “pushed” Jadeja as the players were making their way into the dressing rooms.

Commenting on his decision, match referee, David Boon said: “Under Article 6.1 of the Code, I had to be comfortably satisfied that the offence had occurred in order to find Jadeja guilty of an offence under Article 2.2.11.

“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.”

An eyewash?
Looking at the manner in which the episode is playing out, a few observers feel the entire exercise is nothing but an eyewash. They feel that because India, England and Australia have joined forces to run world cricket, they need to be seen to be taking matters seriously. They are of the view that Anderson will get away with a punishment that’s slightly more than what Jadeja received. -- With agency inputs

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