India cricket board writes letter bemoaning not-guilty verdict for James Anderson after Ravindra Jadeja row
The Indian cricket board has written to the ICC to express frustraion at the decision to clear England bowler James Anderson following his spat with Ravindra Jadeja.
Cleared by an Australian judge of shoving Jadeja in the back during lunch on day two of the Trent Bridge Test, due to a lack of evidence, the England bowler has admitted to abusing the India all-rounder, telling him to “f*** off and get in your dressing room”.
Bad language is not a banning offence, something India tried to pin on Anderson by lodging their charge under a Level Three offence.
As such both players were found not guilty after a six-hour video-conference hearing on Friday and, under the rules, only ICC chief executive Dave Richardson can appeal against the commissioner’s verdict.
“What we have done is we’ve written a letter to the ICC saying we are not happy with the verdict,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, denying he had requested Richardson to appeal.”We don’t have a right to appeal in this case,” Patel added.
ICC officials were not immediately available for comment on this issue which could have resulted in a four-Test ban for Anderson, England’s second-highest ever wicket taker, if a guilty verdict had been returned.
The fourth Test of the five-match series starts at Old Trafford, on Thursday, with the teams tied at 1-1